Rhebokskloof Rhebok 2019
An unconventional Rhone-style blend made up mostly of varietals known to be workhorses that add structure rather than aromatics. The structure is quite well padded by plush and opulent fruit, layered with a savoury black olive note. The Syrah adds an elegant floral character prominent on the back palate and lingers on the finish. The oak is integrated seamlessly into the wine, providing texture and adding character to the mid-palate with spicy notes.
Cellarmaster: Rolanie Lotz
Variety: 86% Mourvèdre, 10% Durif, 4% Shiraz
Origin: Paarl, Agter-Paarl
Soil Type: Mostly decomposed granite
Yield: Ave 8 tons per hectare
TA: 5,7 g/l
RS: 3,7 g/l
Fermentation: Crushed and destemmed separately into stainless steel tanks. Cold macerated and fermented on skins with regular pump-overs. Pressed and pumped to barrels after alcoholic fermentation. Malolactic fermentation in barrels.
Barrel Maturation: Matured in 300l French oak barrels, 30% new oak used. Matured separately in barrels for 12 months. Components were blended before further maturation in barrels for six months.
Tank Maturation: Tank matured for ten months before bottling. Bottle matured for three months before release.
The color is a deep ruby coating the glass as it swirls around. Mixed berry compote, terracotta, and bright, juicy plums cascade through the nose. While the palate is bursting with black cherry, baking spice, and lavender. The complexity of flavours coats the mouth with a lingering finish.
The wine is best paired with slow-braised, grilled, and stewed meat, rich, hearty dishes, so the tannins can meld with the protein and enhance the flavours.
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Rhebokskloof, Noord Agter – Paarl, Windmeul, 7623