In the Vineyard
The 2015 season will go down as one of the earliest and best vintages in decades. Typical conditions between March and November with average rainfall. A cold winter period with the usual snow covered mountain tops. Much lower rainfall from November through to March caused the vines to stop vegetative growth at the end of December. A warm January and cool February resulted in early, but even ripening and development. The vines produces fruit of exceptional quality, balance and flavour.
Grapes were hand-picked into small lug-boxes in the early morning and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks. The fruit was whole-bund pressed before overnight settling in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation by cultured yeast was started in tank before being transferred to 300ℓ French oak barrels for completion - 18% new, 26% 2nd fill, 7% 3rd fill and 19% 4th fill. The remaining 30% was unoaked. The wine spent 7 months on the lees without malolactic fermentation before being blended and bottled early in November.
Average Temperature: 15.75˚C
Harvesting began: 19/02/2015
Harvesting ended: 19/02/2015
Origin of fruit (from which farm): Altima
Soil Type: Predominantly decomposed Bokkeveld shale (Greywacke) and quartz sandstone
Yield: 8 ton/ha