The 2015 vintage, a blend of 71 % Syrah, 15% Grenache, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cinsault and a single
percent of Viognier. A large component of the Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault is now coming off our own vineyards – the decomposed schists’ of Porseleinberg and Goldmine; the Cabernet Sauvignon off a higher altitude
site in the Perdeberg.
The élevage of the wine is much the same as in previous vintages, averaging about 16 months in barrique, with only the Cabernet Sauvignon fraction seeing some new oak. The wine was assembled in late June this year, fined and bottled. During the assemblage, we tasted nearly 2 400 barrels that were destined for the wine, and selected only 1 675 barrels for the final wine. Slightly down from our 2014 production levels.
The nose is exceptionally intense and complex with red berry fruit juxtaposed against a dark, brooding fruit compote and Swartland violets. The nose exudes aromas of raspberry, mulberry, blackberry, damson, dark chocolate and liquorice with whiffs of cloves, nutmeg and orange rind. The wine has a soft, smooth entry, a rich mid-palate and the abundance of red and black berry fruit on the nose
follows through with balanced acidity and svelte cocoa powdery tannins. The Porseleinberg fruit certainly makes an impact to the blend, lending structure and a piercing yet lifted perfume. The wine has a long, lingering finish reminiscent of Swiss dark hazelnut chocolate.