Country: South Africa
Province: Western Cape
Style: Red Blend
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Shiraz, Tempranillo
45% Shiraz, 35% Pinotage, 12% Tempranillo and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon from the cool coastal region. A percentage of the grapes are picked earlier to retain acidity whilst the balance is picked at optimal ripeness.
Gentle winemaking practices are followed to minimise the extraction of harsh tannin. Fermentation takes place in upright fermenters with one to two pump overs per day, at 26-28°C (79-84°F). The wine is aged in older oak for 9 to 12 months prior to racking and dealcoholization. The alcohol is removed via spinning cone technology at low temperatures under vacuum in two passes. In the first pass, the phenols are removed and set aside; subsequently, the alcohol is removed and the phenols are added back in. Note: the wine is under 0.05% ABV, but not 0.00%.