This is the second vintage from this exciting project between Niels Verburg of Luddite Wines and Brian Smith of Elgin Ridge.
These grapes were sourced from a 14 year old vineyard block in the Bot River ward of Walker Bay. This was a drier, hotter vintage and also the first year of the drought in the Western Cape. As a result, the picking date was much earlier than normal. The grapes were harvested on 27 February 2015 at 24º Balling, de-stalked and allowed to cold macerate in a small fermenter for three days until the natural fermentation kicked in. Morning and evening punch downs were done to extract colour and tannin, making sure we balanced the structure to the fruit core.
The total time on skins was 18 days after which the wine was pressed and put into barrels where it finished malolactic fermentation. It spent 18 months in French Oak. Only 3 barrels were used: one new, one second fill and one third fill. Just prior to bottling, all three barrels were blended together and 2% Shiraz was added to enhance the fruit and spice component of the wine.
ONLY 900 BOTTLES MADE
(available in 3 and single wooden presentation packs)
Please note this wine is not certified Organic or Biodynamic.