Winemaker: Lukas van Loggerenberg
Bottles Produced: 1,385
Age of vines: 19 years
°Balling at harvest: 21.4
Total acid(g/l): 7.1
Yield (ton/ha): 15
Alcohol (%/vol): 13.3%
Residual sugar (g/l): 1.7
Total SO2 (mg/l): 78
Vinification: Grapes were pressed whole bunch and left to settle overnight in a stainless steel tank without enzymes. The next day, the juice was taken to old French oak for spontaneous fermentation. The wine spent 10 months on its primary lees. Not batonage was done and a little SO2 was added before bottling.
Tasting notes: Lovely red apple skin aromas followed by a stone fruit component and some ginger spice on the nose. Lovely rounded wine on the palate, especially for a Colombard. Red apple and early picked nectarine fruit flavours. The bold fruit is balanced well with an insanely high natural acidity characteristic to the cultivar as well as this block. Great nervous tension on the palate that keeps you coming back for more.
Winemakers notes: Every year, this is one of my favourite vineyard blocks to enter the cellar. During pressing, the cellar smells like an apple orchard in harvest time. The grapes naturally have unbelievable acidity and low pH – a winemaker’s dream. The final product is fresh and fruity yet full and rounded. Pair with Lowerland pork chops with an apple’ginger sauce or freshly caught galjoen.