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
Two vineyards were used for this wine; the one is situated in the Banhoek region of Stellenbosch on a Northeast-facing slope. The other vineyard is situated on a westerly facing slope of the Bottelary Hills. Both vineyards are trellised on a five-wire hedge. The vineyards receive one to two supplementary irrigations in each growing season.
About The Harvest
Pruned to two-bud spurs, the vineyard bears approximately 7 tons per hectare.
The grapes for the 2009 Primitivo were handpicked at optimal ripeness with a sugar content of 25.5° 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 Celsius. 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. Our Winemaker, Jacques Viljoen, produced only four 300l barrels.