Journeys End ‘The Huntsman’ Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier 2017
1811 marked the first ever hunt in the Western Cape with hounds imported from Gloucestershire, UK. The Cape Hunt remains the oldest Hunt in the New World. Whilst looking for a spot to build our Cellar, Rollo, the proprietor, discovered the original foundations of the Kennels where the hounds were kept. An apt place for our new building.
HUNTSMAN SMV 2017
BLEND COMPOSITION: 79% Shiraz, 15% Mourvedre, 6% Viognier
The red grapes were handpicked early in the morning and stored overnight in the cold room. They were hand sorted and destemmed but not crushed, then cold soaked for 48 hours before being inoculated and fermented separately. The Shiraz and Mourvedre fermentations took about 15 days to complete at 18 – 28 ˚ C with a carefully planned pump over schedule to ensure soft tannins.
The Mourvedre was racked off the skins at 8° balling and the fermentation was finished in 500L French oak barrels. Complete malolactic fermentation took place on all red wine and was done in barrels. Red wine spent a total of 12 months in barrel before being blended.
The 2016 Viognier, also handpicked early in the morning, underwent a six-hour skin contact period to extract aromatics before being vinified separately and added to the blend which was then fined and stabilized in preparation for bottling.
Beautiful dark ruby red colour with hints of purple. Floral aromatics of violets and lavender with hints of spice. Juicy layers of red and dark berries coming through on the palate, with elegant tannins on the finish. Drink now and until 2020.
|Total Acidity:||5.83 g/L|
|Residual Sugar:||2.62 g/L|
|Aspect||South facing slopes|
|Soil type||Tukulu decomposed granite|
|Rootstock||101 – 14, Richter 99|
|Average tonnage||7 tons/ha|
|Trellis system||Extended Perold, 7 Strand|
|Harvest dates||February and March 2017|