The nose is opulent and intense, oozing with rich, ripe dark fruits and plums and subtle whiﬀs of cloves, cardamon, black pepper and perfume. Brambles, blackberry and liquorice ﬂavours intertwine with hints of raw biltong on the palate, and the fruitcake spiciness of the nose follows through beautifully. The midpalate is velvety and brooding, with juicy cranberry fruit, vibrant acidity and integrated, silky oak tannins creating exceptional balance. Savoury nuances add to the layered complexity of the wine, with accents of black olive tapenade and cassis lingering on a smooth, round ﬁnish.
Our classic blend again comprised our favourite three Mediterranean varieties, Syrah, Mourvèdre and a dash of Viognier. The 2021 vintage will be remembered for its moderate weather conditions that slowed ripening, resulting in excellent grape quality. The overall growing season was cool, with decent rainfall in November. This continued at the onset of the ﬂowering period and contributed to optimal ﬂowering and fruit set. Veraison occurred late and slowly but somewhat uneven. We utilized more of our own grapes and were fortunate to focus on the Swartland proﬁle, which lends ﬂavour components of dark brooding fruit, violets and olive tapenade. Because Mourvèdre is such a vigorous grower, its upright canopy and thick-skinned berries can easily withstand the annual heatwaves without compromising the fruit quality. We always opt for Mourvèdre in this popular blend, relying on its intensely bold colour, smoky aromas and meaty ﬂavours. Both red varieties are made to contribute layers of black fruits and spice. Yet, our Syrah also oﬀers a beautiful red fruit character, with its cherry and plum ﬂavours on the palate. We intervene as little as possible, aiming for a pure expression of the Swartland.