Bright, clear dark inky colour – notes of dark forest fruits, dark cherry and a hint of spice on the nose followed by a crystalline palate of tightly packed, ripe, damson, loganberry and blackberry. A good acidity on the palate provides this wine with a good backbone to age. It is finely balanced with soft tannins and will benefit from maturing in correct cellaring conditions for 5-8 years. Alc 13.8%, RS 0.19g/100ml, TA 5.31, pH 3.48
In the vineyard
Ironstone is common place in the Cape, and often referred to as Koffie-klip by Afrikaans speakers, or it’s anatomical name ‘Ferricrete’. Reddish brown in colour it belies a depth and substance to the wine that adds a certain power of flavour.
In the cellar
100% de-stemmed and crushed with an addition of sulphur at 5 parts per million. Left to cold soak for 48 hours, alcoholic fermentation with natural yeasts, in closed stainless steel, at temperatures
between 18-28 celcius for 7-9 days, pumped over two to three times a day, tank closed off for 14 days, pressed, and racked back into tank for full malolactic before being transferred to barrel. Small French oak barrels, 2nd / 3RD / 4TH / 5th / 6th fill barrels, for 16 months – no fining or filtration.
Roasted lamb, hamburgers, steak, ribs, brisket, and other grilled meats will taste even better together with a glass of Syrah