A deep, dark, purple-red colour with a cherry-red rim. This wine has an exuberant aroma combining black fruit, plums, dark chocolate, peppery spice and cinnamon. Dense fruit structure, full-bodied plum and dried fruit, supple long tannins with bittersweet dark chocolate mid-palate and long finish. This is not a shy wine.
A date at dusk with a Belgian Beauty. Curves. Shadowy scarlet skies, the faint aroma of freshly ground coffee and a long lingering kiss of chocolate on the finish. Did I mention the curves?
In The Vineyard
The vineyards for this wine are situated in the Banhoek region of Stellenbosch on a Northeast- facing slope. They are trellised on a five-wire hedge and are approximately six years old. The vineyard receives one to two supplementary irrigations in each growing season. Pruned to two-bud spurs, the vineyard bears approximately 7 tons per hectare.
About The Harvest
The grapes for the 2009 Primitivo were picked at 25.50 Balling and transported to our cellar at Zevenwacht.
In The Cellar
The grapes were gently destalked and crushed into a specially designed red wine fermentor. Fermentation took approximately 6 days with temperatures not exceeding 280°. Four regular pump-overs and punch-downs per day were given for the duration of fermentation. After malolactic fermentation the wine was transferred to 25% first-fill French Oak and 75% second-fill French Oak. Only four 300l barrels were produced by our Winemaker, Jacques Viljoen.