Strandveld First Sighting Rosé
The growing season of the 2020 harvest started with a very dry spring and less wind than normal. Every was going perfectly until we were hit with a full force, late cold front on the 28th October. We don’t normally get hail in the Strandveld but that morning was different. A hail storm with stones the size of Shiraz berries driven by a gale force South West wind hit us and we saw the leaves and shoots of our vines getting ripped off, within 10 minutes the damage was done. However, the resulting 4.3 ton per hectare harvested in February and March has made amazing wines. In the middle of January a Black South Easter tormented us for 10 consecutive days, accompanied by 115mm of rain and very high humidity. By the 4th of February harvest was in full swing and despite my worries and with the help of Tienie the grapes came into the cellar with no sour-rot and only a small percentage of botrytis. The average temperature for February was 21.3 0 Celsius, this is 0.8 0 C warmer than the average for the last 16 years. The wines from the 2020 harvest are fresh and elegant with almost 1% less alcohol than the norm.
58% Shiraz, 42% Grenache
Age of Vines
Specially selected Grenache grapes were harvested first at 20 0 B and skin contact took place in the press for 6 hours.
Only free run juice was used and cold fermented at 14 0 C. A few weeks later the specially selected Shiraz grapes were harvested at 21.5 0 B and the juice was kept on the skins for 6 hours. Only free run juice was used and fermented at 17 0 C. Blending took place after fermentation.