Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa’s most famous wine region Stellenbosch, the vineyards are commonly referred to as the Home of Chenin Blanc and other premium award-winning wines. Over the years their range of top quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades over the last 16 years and are broadly available in reputable restaurants and exported around the globe. Ken Forrester’s philosophy has always been to create a range of handcrafted, individually made wines that suitably complement a wide variety of food styles and provide excellent value.
A blend of 65% Grenache growing on decomposed granite soils ( planted in 1959 ) and 35% Syrah on ancient gravel and clay soils planted in 1999.
A hand-picked selection of the ripest fruit, taken to the cellar and cool soaked prior to fermentation, then taken to old French oak barrels for twelve months. At this point a further selection takes place before blending and the final blend goes back to old barrels to marry and harmonise over the following twelve months. After almost two years languishing in a cool cellar the Gypsy is stable with the oak and intense fruit totally harmonised. A very concentrated, focussed blend with layers of deep fruit. Drinking very well now until 2022. Deliciously matched with risotto, sensuously truffled pasta. Ideal for flavoursome grills, lamb and beef.
The character is somewhat ‘wild’ a little brambly with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, dark spices, with vanilla scents and a distinct, concentrated red-fruit focus. Great for laying down and keeping for at least ten years but already rewarding if allowed to breathe in a decanter.