Limited Release Carignan 2015

🌍 Swartland, South Africa

🍇 Carignan 100%

Intense dark ruby red in colour, an exciting and complex blend of mocha chocolate and ripe red fruits, with nuances of spice on the nose. Well structured wine, robust with a chewy finish.

Swartland is the most exciting wine region in South Africa. A new wave of winemakers are making ground-breaking wines from Rhône varietals and it is part of a revolution that has got everybody talking.

The Swartland Winery is producing iconic and award-winning wines in this fashionable and dynamic region to create a unique, distinctive and expressive wine range that has been masterfully blended.

The 2015 vintage was memorable for being of the driest and earliest harvest in many years. The Swartland region’s crop was a smaller harvest than usual, but the smaller and more concentrated berries delivered remarkable quality.

The grapes come from 100% old bush vines in the Swartland region. This hot, dry climate has an average temperature range of 25°C to 35°C and an annual rainfall of between 450mm and 600mm, but the altitude of the vineyard, at 300 meters above sea level, creates a cooler oasis in this arid landscape. The vineyard is managed using minimal intervention and environmentally friendly farming practices. The vines are grown in granitic soils, which retain the heat and promote even ripening of the fruit. These vineyard characteristics combine to produce wines which are truly expressive of the vibrant terroir.

The grapes were harvested at phenolic ripeness and then cold soaked for three days. The must was inoculated with selected yeasts and underwent four pump-overs per day during the fermentation process. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel, followed by eight months aging in second and third fill barrels.

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