Colour: Pale straw.
Aroma: This intriguing wine greets the nose with a floral bouquet of violet and fruity bursts of tangy gooseberry and Turkish apricots. Hints of beeswax, fresh almonds and brioche envelope the nose.
Palate: The palate is delicate, creamy and refined. The fruit components of the wine are pronounced upon the first sip, yet develop and evolve into a creamy melange of beeswax and brioche.
TA: 5.9 g/ℓ
RS: 2.3 g/ℓ
Varieties: 100% Roussanne
Ageing potential: Enjoyable now, has potential to age for 10 years.
Food matching: Rich and buttery meats like West Coast rock lobster, foie gras, or chicken liver pâté. Spicy flavours will also pair well with this versatile food partner.
The grapes were hand harvested in small crates in the early hours of the morning to keep the grapes cool and preserve flavours. Grapes are cooled further overnight in our on-site cold room (3°C) and processed the following day. Bunch sorting is practiced to make sure only the best grapes are used. We make use of a Delta Oscillys De-stemmer with a very soft action. The grapes are rolled off the stems, preventing the extraction of harsh unwanted phenolics.
Grapes go directly into our Bucher Inertys press (inert nitrogen press) where cold maceration on the skins takes place overnight. The press is started the next morning and the juice is pressed off to a stainless-steel tank. Settling takes place over 2 days and the clear juice is racked off to a stainless-steel tank for inoculation.
The wine was taken to 2nd fill 500L French Oak Barrels where fermentation and ageing took place. It was racked and returned once during the ageing period. No Malo-Lactic Fermentation took place. Oak: 100% of this wine was aged in French Oak (2nd fill
This vineyard is situated next to the Bergriver at the entrance to the Franschhoek Wine Valley.
The alluvial soils with large white rocks are characteristic of the Rhône Valley in France where the grape originates from. The terroir lends itself to creating ideal conditions for slow ripening and flavour preservation, resulting in a delicate but complex wine.