63% Grenache / 25% Syrah / 12% Mourvèdre
Region: Western Cape
Soil: Grenache from decomposed granite at 450m. Shiraz from ancient gravels onto clay.
A hand-picked selection of the first ripest fruit. Yield: 2-3 tons/ha Grenache – planted 1959, 6 tons/ha from Syrah – planted 1999
Taken to the cellar and cool soaked prior to fermentation, then taken to old French oak barrels for 12 months. At this point a further selection takes place before blending and the final blend goes back to old barrels to marry and harmonise over the following 12 months. After almost 2 years languishing in a cool cellar the Gypsy is stable with the oak and intense fruit totally harmonised.
ANALYSIS Alc 14.0 / TA 5.7 / RS 3.1 / pH 3.39
Deliciously matched with risotto, sensuously truffled pasta. Ideal for flavoursome grills, lamb and beef.
A very concentrated, focussed blend with layers of deep fruit. The character is expectedly somewhat “wild” a little brambly with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, dark spices, with vanilla scents and a distinct, concentrated red-fruit focus. Great for laying down and keeping for at least ten years but already rewarding if allowed to breathe in a decanter.
The Gypsy 2014
Tim Atkin MW – 91 points
Platter’s 2019 – 4½ stars