Olifantsberg Breedekloof Carignan 2019

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Olifantsberg Breedekloof Carignan 2019

Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Carignan 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Olifantsberg

Tasting notes - A complex expression of Carignan with notes of cured meat, spice, bay leaves and aniseed leading to dried cranberry and pomegranate flavours. Fresh on entry, with vibrant tannins and an elegant finish.

Olifantsberg Breedekloof Carignan 2019

A complex expression of Carignan with notes of cured
meat, spice, bay leaves and aniseed leading to dried
cranberry and pomegranate flavours.
Producer Note
Olifantsberg is passionate about producing authentic wines with a true sense of place,
which reflect the unique location of their vineyard. The focus is on sustainable farming
and winemaking practices, resulting in limited intervention in the both the vineyard and
cellar. The team are fully committed to understanding their terroir and managing their
natural resources through conservation, which adds to the singularity of their wines. The
unique terroir with its combination of Breede-shale, Renosterveld and sandstone soils,
constant winds and elevation, produces concentrated fruit that winemaker Elizma
Visser translates into elegant, fresh and age-worthy wines. In Tim Atkin’s 2021 South
Africa Report, Elizma was awarded the prestigious Young Winemaker of the Year
Award.
Vintage
The 2019 vintage experienced higher rainfall than the previous three years of drought,
which helped to replenish the soil’s water reserves. Spring was characterised by high
weather fluctuations, which resulted in fewer, looser and uneven bunches, as well as
smaller berries. The vintage tells the tale of two seasons, firstly good weather conditions
and great analysis until February, and secondly very challenging, cold, rainy weather in
March which resulted in slow ripening.
Vineyard
The vineyard is located on the slopes of the Olifantsberg Mountain Range where it
endures wide diurnal temperature differences and strong winds. The grapes for this
wine are from 100% bush vines grown on soils with a high percentage of shale and
quartz. This is the rockiest vineyard on the farm and is planted at 350 metres above sea
level. The vines are densely planted and endure a very dry and tough micro climate
due to the high amount of rocks in the soil. The combination of rocky soils and high
density planting, results in competition between the vines and in turn deeper root
systems. The deep root systems enable the vine to develop a good buffer during
drought conditions. The rocky soils also add more stress, so the vines deliver very small
berries with a concentrated fruit, good body and fresh acidity.
Winemaking
This wine was made with 100% whole berry fermentation with an additional 10 to 20% of
whole-bunch fruit. The grapes were fermented with natural yeasts in French oak casks
at temperatures of 24 to 28°C. Fermentation took place with skin contact for 10 to 14
days and during the vinification only two gentle pump-overs took place per day. The
wine was basket pressed directly into 100% French seasoned oak barrels of between
225 to 2,000 litres, where malolactic conversion took place. The wine was matured for
12 months; the different sized barrels imparted extra complexity and layers to the wine.
Tasting Note
A complex expression of Carignan with notes of cured meat, spice, bay leaves and
aniseed leading to dried cranberry and pomegranate flavours. Fresh on entry, with
vibrant tannins and an elegant finish.
Grape
Carignan 100%

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