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Limited Release SMV 2020

Original price was: R260.00.Current price is: R210.00.

The wine has flavours of dark plums, violets and crushed black pepper with earthy nuances. The flavours from the nose follow through to the juicy palate. The palate is complex with a refreshing acidity.

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Harvest Description

We experienced an improved 2019 post-harvest period compared to the previous year, resulting in a bigger crop. The leaves fell around the same time or later than usual. Sufficient cold units were accumulated during the winter to break dormancy. With spring came mostly favourable conditions, which contributed to a somewhat earlier but even bud-break. The early growing season will especially be remembered for good, homogenous shoot growth. Summer temperatures were moderate during the ripening period, with the absence of characteristic heat peaks. These conditions bode particularly well for flavour retention in the grapes.

Although the harvesting season commenced approximately two weeks earlier than usual, we will forever remember the 2020 harvest for the unexpected announcement of the COVID-19 lockdown, which was implemented in South Africa from 26 March 2020. This resulted in us finishing the last harvest activities with only 20% of our staff. The 2020 crop will however bring exceptional wines to consumers and will be known as one of our best vintages despite these trying conditions.

 

The Shiraz and the Mourvèdre were hand – picked from separate single vineyards into 5 ton fermenters with regular, manual punch downs before the grapes were pressed and transferred to barrels for malo-lactic fermentation and ageing. The cultivars were vinified separately and blended before bottling.

The harvest dates were February – March 2020.

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