Region: Saint Helena, West Coast
Way up in Saint Helena lies a very old vineyard in barren sands, the origin of which remains a mystery. This Italian varietal was planted on Brakkuil Farm in 1948 and in 1951 the first wine was bottled. The Bouwer family bought the farm in 2002 and have resurrected the vines. The 2017 has a brilliant garnet red colour and a very Italian nose, with a distinct Barbaresco aroma of macerated strawberry and a hint of orange rind. Loads of fruit – sweet and ripe, evolving on the palate into a dry overall flavour as the tannin and acidity come to the fore. Medium body – a big mouthful of juicy, delicious wine, calling out for a handful of wet biltong and good friends around a fire.