The grapes were harvested by hand enjoying cool early morning temperatures. After overnight cold storage they were destemmed and crushed into red ferment tanks. Cold maceration occurred for 3 days. The wine was then fermented under controlled temperatures until dry. The skins were then lightly pressed, and the wine racked into a selection of old French Oak Barriques for 14 months ageing and maturation. Final blending occurred 1 months prior to bottling and the wine was allowed to develop further in bottle prior to release.
Aspect: North and North West
Trellising System: Vertical Shoot Positioning (Perold)
Age of Vines: 11 years
Vines per hectare: 5500
Average Yield: 5 tons/ha (33 hl/ha)
Production: 225 cases of 6 x 750ml bottles
The varieties planted on our farms in the new ward of Hemel – en – Aarde Ridge, 10km in proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.
The climate being “temperate” in style, where the southerly maritime winds blow through the appellations during the summer. These winds in turn bring regular sea mists and overcast conditions to the areas and with it more even temperatures. The average summer temperature is 19° C and rainfall, approximately, 750mm per year.