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Swartland Winery Limited Release Mourvèdre 2016
£68.50 Price Per Case ( 6 Bottles )
Region - Western Cape
Grape Varieties - Mourvèdre 100%
Alcohol by volume - 14%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Swartland Winery
Tasting notes - This wine with its intense dark colour, has an enticing nose of mocha and chocolate with dark berry flavours, which follow through onto the palate and are complemented by spicy undertones. A soft mouthfeel that lingers on the palate.
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A perfumed and inviting nose of wild sage complemented by upfront blackberry fruit and finishing on a spicy, peppery note.
Big open skies, arid deserts, the vast flowing landscape, with its unforgiving climate and rugged bush vines, this is wild country, this is Swartland. The contrast with manicured Constantia and oh-so-cool Stellenbosch couldn't be greater. But right now, Swartland is the most exciting wine region in South Africa. A new wave of winemakers are making ground-breaking wines from Rhône varietals and it is part of a revolution that has got everybody talking. The Swartland Winery is producing iconic and award winning wines in this fashionable and dynamic region, so we have joined forces with them to create a unique, distinctive and expressive wine range that has been masterfully blended for the UK palate. We think something this good, is definitely worth talking about!
The Swartland name originates from a description of the indigenous "renosterbos" or rhino bush, which appears to turn black, ("Swart" in Afrikaans), during the summer months. This hot, dry climate has an average temperature range of 25°C to 35°C and an annual rainfall of 450 mm and 600 mm, but the altitude of these vineyards creates a cool oasis in this arid landscape. Minimal intervention and environmentally friendly farming practices are paramount. Sowing cover crops between the vines provides protection from the winter rains and also maintains the valuable mineral content, nutrients and moisture during the hot summers. The soil types vary, but Malmesbury Shale dominates, with small patches of granite and Table Mountain sandstone. The gravel sub-structure of the soil promotes good moisture retention, essential in this hot, dry climate.
The grapes came from a 100% bush vine vineyard. Harvesting took place at optimal phenolic ripeness. Extended cold soaking was applied before a fermentation took place on the skins, with regular pump overs and aeration. Fermentation temperatures were carefully monitored and kept between 24°C and 26°C. An extended skin contact was applied after fermentation was completed in order to fully extract the desired level of colour and to soften the tannins, resulting in a softer mouthfeel.
This wine with its intense dark colour, has an enticing nose of mocha and chocolate with dark berry flavours, which follow through onto the palate and are complemented by spicy undertones. A soft mouthfeel that lingers on the palate.
This full, rich wine with bright fruit that accompanies rich and creamy pastas or grilled meat dishes.
- Bottle Size
- Case Size
- 6 Bottles
- Western Cape