Background to this wine
Each year I make one experimental wine from a different grape variety or sometimes variety’s, only bottling it if I am happy with the quality. This allows for full artistic/ experimental freedom, with no pressure or expectations. The 2021 is a 100% Gewürztraminer from Stellenbosch.
Colour: Rich yellow with a tinge of green on the rim
Nose: Litchi, Turkish delight, lime and baking spice
Palate: The wine has intense fruit flavours with a dry finish
The grapes were sourced from one single vineyard which is 33 years old and only produced two tons per hectare this year. The vineyard is south facing towards False Bay with predominant soil types of Oakleaf and Tukulu.
The grapes were hand harvested at two different balling’s and delivered in small lug boxes to the winery where they were refrigerated in a cool container overnight. The grapes were whole bunch pressed, then settled over night and the juice was racked to shaven barrels where natural fermentation was done. After fermentation the wine stayed on its fine lees for 7 months in barrel for mouth feel and complexity. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation, no protein or cold stabilisation nor filtration was done.
Alcohol vol%: 11.7%
Residual sugar: 2.3g/l
Total Acidity: 6.0 g/l
Free SO2: 25
The wine was bottled on the 9th of September 2021 and only 3300 bottles were produced.