Winemakers Collection Granite Rock Blend Red, 2019
A Cape red blend with ripe mulberry and raspberry and hints of smoke and vanilla spice, which are complemented by soft, round tannins and a smooth finish.
Meet the maker: Swartland Winery
Region: Swartland, Coastal Region – South Africa
Grape(s): Mourvèdre (60%), Shiraz (21%), Carignan (19%)
13% ABV / 750ml / Vegetarian / Vegan
The Winemaker's Collection is an expression of Swartland's finest terroir. These wines are crafted using carefully sourced grapes from site specific vineyards and are planted in granite rich soils expertly suited to the cultivation of Rhône varieties.
The average temperature range is from 25°C-35°C and the area has an annual rainfall of 450mm and 600mm, but the altitude of these vineyards creates a cool oasis in this arid landscape.
Minimal intervention and environmentally friendly farming practices are paramount.
80% of the vineyards are small bush vines with an average yield of six tonnes per hectare; the quality of fruit is exceptional.
An extended cold soak was applied before the fermentation, which took place on the skins with regular pump overs and aeration.
A carefully selected yeast strain was used during the fermentation, which was maintained between 24°C-26°C and followed by an extended skin contact.
The wine was stabilised, filtered and bottled to preserve its fresh character.