The vines used for this wine comes from a block of old bush-vine Cinsaut planted in 1964, on decomposed granite soils on Stellenzicht’s Bottelary property.
The preservation of old vineyards is an integral part of the way forward for Stellenrust, where they aim to recognise the great fruit expressed by these grapes. Like old people, most venerable old vines have found peace in themselves – it is our mission to show the world the elegance such inner peace can produce. Ripening is often much slower with older vineyards and sugar levels barely reach 24° Balling, with optimally ripe fruit. Fermentation is done in the old-fashioned way, in open concrete tanks with regular punch-downs of the cap. Thereafter, the finished wine is matured for sixteen months in second- and third-fill French oak barrels.
This wine offers enchanting strawberry, red cherry and vibrant earthy notes on the nose and palate, which is filled with ripe cherry-like fruit and subtle oak, with a silky texture.