Mourvedre 2015 by Dragonridge
VARIETAL: 100% Mourvedre
APPELATION: Swartland, South Africa
SOIL: Decomposed granite
ANALYSIS: Alc. 14.31%, Total acidity 7.4 g/l, pH 3.4, Residual sugar 2.9 g/l, Free SO2 3 ppm
CLOSURE: One piece, natural cork
WINEMAKERS: Johan Simons & Andy Kershaw
Vineyards & Harvest
The Mourvedre blocks are all unirrigated bush vines and over 20 years old. Planted on granite sands with a west-facing orientation, our vineyards are farmed organically, using only sulphur and copper as fungicides and no herbicides or pesticides are used. We spray the vines by hand and so only take tractors into the vineyards for harvest. The 2015 Mourvedre was picked in a single morning in late February.
All of the bunches were carefully picked and further scrutinised when they arrived at the winery with only the best bunches being de-stemmed and crushed. Fermentation, without cultivated yeasts, took a little over two weeks with malolactic fermentation following shortly after. The wine was then put into 3rd fill French oak barrels until bottling in February 2016.
This is a hearty wine. The nose is delicate with subtle smokey aromas. On the palate, it is reassuringly fruit driven with lashings of blackberry flavours and an intruigning smokey finish.
This wine has been made using wild yeast and traditional techniques. To maximise character it is proudly unfined and unfiltered so sediment will occur in the bottle and in your glass. To experience it at its best, stand the bottle vertically for 24 hours before opening and decant slowly an hour before serving. Each bottle has been hand labelled and stamped and is unique.