A horse is a horse, of course, of course and a vine is a vine, we know, go right to the source and ask that horse he’ll say he’s Palomino! You never heard of a talking horse? Well this guy has something to say.. If you hear a clap of thunder but there is no sign of rain…then you know it must be PALOMINO. Gallopin’ across the plain…the time will come when everyone will know the name of PALOMINO!
Piekenierskloof, South Africa.
What’s this then? SKU is a casual band of happy ferments. A circus tent of the Cape’s stranger grapes and blends.
We will champion the unfashionable, experiment with the known and express the found before it gets lost. Mistakes are likely, fun certain. Welcome to Strange Kompanjie, a Kultivar Club for the Underdog.
Viticulture & Winemaking
On the fecund plateau of Piekenierskloof there exists some extraordinary bush. Dwarfish, seemingly petrified stumps punctuate a high rolling landscape of rye-grass and rooibos. Amongst these are old plantings of Grenache Noir, Chenin Blanc and, here and there, Palomino. Strange Kompanjie has isolated one such block for a teeny release of old vine Palomino, planted in 1977.
An often innocuous, neutral cultivar, when it’s vines are allowed to get really old it’s yields drop to a clutch of grapes you can get the personality of this wine, vine and place. It’s quiet on the nose and palate but persistent with notes of almond skin, fennel and even a little jasmine, all this follows on the palate with a bright natural acidity and a teasing top note of grassy fennel, almond nuttiness and the residual salinity of an old dry grown vineyard. Drink it slowly to take all this in.
Simply cooked fish dishes, scallops or fishcakes or an asparagus and lemon risotto.