THE INNOCENT RED BLEND 2015
A well balanced and elegant blend capturing the Swartland Terroir. Delicious aromas of fresh fruit rounded off with hints of spicy undertones. A rewarding after taste with a lingering mouth feel.
IN THE VINEYARD & VINIFICATION
Farmed dryland, thus no irrigation. All the vines are old bush vines between 15 -50 years. The wines was handled separate in the cellar and the final blend made up from different barrels in the cellar.
A very rough sorting was done to remove any over/ under ripe grapes or leaves from entering into the fermentation tank. The grapes were fermented in various fermenters ranging from open concrete fermenters, wooden foudre and barrels for a period of 2-3 weeks with some post fermentation extended maceration on the skins before pressing. In some cases up to 60 % whole bunches were used depending on the variety.
The grapes not used for whole bunch fermentation were de-stemmed and slightly crushed before going to tank. The wines was aged in a combination of concrete tanks and wooden foudre before careful blending and bottling after the 11 months. No new oak was used.
COLOUR: Bright Ruby Red
NOSE: Dark Fruit, Spices with hints of Cacao.
PALATE: At first you will find a soft and rounded mouth feel with a ripe and lingering tannin structure towards the end.
GRAPES: 53% Syrah, 21% Pinotage, 13% Zinfandel, 7% Mourvedre, 4%Carignan,1% Grenache,
1% Chenin Blanc
ANALYSIS: Alcohol: 13.52% Residual Sugar: 2.1g/l PH: 3.57 Total Acidity: 5.6g/l