Winemaker : Warren Ellis
Main Variety : Palomino
Alcohol : 12.5% %vol
pH : 3.32
RS : 3.27 g/l
Total Acid : 5.28 g/l
Appellation : Western Cape
Youthful straw colour with a slight green tinge. Complex nose of citrus zest, pineapple and a slight nuttiness. Fresh, vibrant palate, with good texture and a long creamy finish. This is a wine that will keep evolving in the glass.
Grenache Blanc, Palomino and Chenin Blanc
In The Vineyard
The vineyards are about 450m above sea level. They are old, non irrigated bush vine vineyards that grow in Table Mountain sandstone soils, among the natural fynbos vegetation and rooibos tea plantations.
About The Harvest
Grapes were harvested at 22.3°B with a total acid of 6.5 g/l
and a pH of 3.3
In The Cellar
The grapes were whole bunch pressed and transferred straight to barrel for fermentation. 10% was fermented as whole bunches and kept on the skins for four months after which it was pressed. This wine underwent natural fermentation, no additives and no sulphur addition.
Bottled in October 2017
Op Sy Moer translates as “sur lie” or “on the lees”. That means instead of going their separate ways, the wine and lees stay in touch for some light fliting. It’s a friendship with benefits. By keeping it on the lees, the wine is better preserved and less oxidation occurs. As the friendship matures, the lees add more richness and texture to the wine. Secondary aromas and flavours evolve, giving the wine even more complexity.
With no added sulphur, unfined and unfiltered, Op Sy Moer is bottled with fine lees. For best results when aging, store the bottle cork down. Before opening and enjoying, turn the bottle cork up for three to five days (the longer the better) to allow the lees to settle.