Journeys End ‘The Huntsman’ Shiraz Mourvedre Grenache 2020

R117.00

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.

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Description

HUNTSMAN SMG 2020

W.O. Stellenbosch

BLEND COMPOSITION: 54% Shiraz, 20% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 6% Viognier

Winemaking Notes

The red grapes were handpicked in the morning and stored overnight in the cold room. 70% of the Shiraz and all the Mourvedre underwent traditional fermentation where it was subsequently hand sorted and destemmed before inoculated and fermented. The Shiraz and Mourvedre fermentations took about 15 days to complete at 20 – 25˚C in automated rotational tanks which submerge the skins using a very gentle action (ensuring soft tannins). The Mourvedre was racked off the skins at 8° balling and underwent the latter stage of fermentation in 500L barrels. The remaining 30% of Shiraz was subjected to a carbonic fermentation. Malolactic fermentation of both red varieties took place in barrels and the wine was left to mature for a further 12 months before being blended. The 2020 Viognier was vinified separately and added to the blend which was then fined, stabilized, and filtered in preparation for bottling. This wine is vegan friendly.

Tasting Notes

Beautiful dark ruby red colour. Expressive aromatics of violets, redcurrant and cherries with hints of white pepper and liquorice. Juicy layers of red and dark berries come through on the palate, with and elegant soft powdery tannic structure. Drink now and until 2024.

Wine Analysis

Alcohol: 13.74%
Total Acidity: 5.62 g/L
pH: 3.51
Residual Sugar: 3.41 g/L

Viticulture

Climate Coastal
Aspect South facing slopes
Soil type Tukulu decomposed granite
Clones SB11
Rootstock 101 – 14, Richter 99
Planting date 1999
HA planted 5.56ha
Average tonnage 7 tons/ha
Trellis system Extended Perold, 7 Strand
Irrigation Drip irrigation
Harvest dates February and March 2019

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