Origin: Township winery - Swartland W.O.
Taste guide: Medium bodied, red and black fruit flavours, softened integrated tannins, oaked
75cl - 14% - screwcap
The Swartland has been outsider country, for people and for grape varieties, for centuries. Where vineyards near the city were subject to changes in fashion, the Swartland remained the bastion of the original varieties.
The deeper shale soils in the Riebeek district are on the slopes of the Kasteelberg foothills. The schists from the Malmesbury shales are rich with clay and have strong water-holding capacity. The four blocks used in this blend are within a few kilometres of each other and share low fertility and the ability to maintain vine and grape health through the drought and heat period of ripening. In this way, they contribute ripe flavours.
Along with the better known Shiraz, this wine is a blend of the lesser known varietals Cinsaut, Tannat and Mourvèdre. Each varietal was harvested and vinified separately before blending, with the final cuvée being matured in second and third use oak barrels.
Despite it being 14% it is still a lightish wine. Bright ruby red in colour, the nose shows nice soft and spicy blackberry fruits. There is excellent structure on the palate with cherry, plum and black fruit flavours combining with spice and pepper notes and hints of licorice. The oaking adds tannins, now softened and subtle and giving a long and lasting finish.
Overall an elegant, well-balanced and rich wine of great complexity.
Quite a rare wine but has been seen on another internet site at £9.99 - Binendwines' price is just £5.95.