Sonkop Red 2016 by A. & B. Kershaw
VARIETALS: Pinotage (50%), Shiraz (36%), Mourvedre (14%)
APPELATION: Swartland, South Africa
SOIL: Decomposed granite
ANALYSIS: Alc. 11.8, Total acidity 5.9 g/l, pH 3.49, Residual sugar 1.9 g/l, Free SO2 7 ppm
CLOSURE: One piece, natural cork
PRODUCTION: 527 bottles
WINEMAKER: Andy Kershaw
Vineyards & Harvest
The end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 proved to be excellent for the grapes in Swartland. Long, hot days lead to even ripening of the organically farmed fruit. Only minimal amounts of copper and sulphur were sprayed, by hand, in the vineyards before being carefully hand picked and delivered to the winery.
The Pinotage, Shiraz & Mourvedre were all carefully sorted before only the best grapes were forwarded to fermentation in separate tanks. The wild fermentations all started within 24 hours of picking and lasted for between ten and fifteen days. After naturallly occuring malolactic fermentation was completed, blending was carefully managed before guiding the wine to French oak barrels to age for eight months prior to bottling.
Andy & Becky's Sonkop allows each of the varietals to display their best characteristics. The Pinotage is, as you would expect, rich and earthy with undertones of dark berry fruit. The Shiraz adds spice which is followed by a smokey finish from the Mourvedre. Brilliantly stands up to rare meat on the barbecue (or braai) and cheese platters.
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.