About: Jurgen’s entry-level blend is a combination of Syrah (66%), Cinsault (26%), and Mourvèdre (8%) planted between 1988 and 2001. Soils are quite diverse ranging from quartz rich clay to ferricrete. Fermentation was semi-carbonic for eight days before being pressed off into neutral 500l barrels. After élevage the wine rests in stainless steel before bottling.
About: This wine is a blend of two dry-farmed sites, one planted in 1980 on decomposed granite, and the second planted in 2002 on Oakleaf gravel. The two plots ripen three weeks apart, complimenting each other wonderfully. They were each whole-cluster pressed into neutral 228 and 500l barrels. After ten months of élevage the wine is racked and bottled.
About: After working in Cote-Rotie, Jurgen fell in love with Syrah. This was the first cuvée made under his own label and has become their flagship. The fruit comes from vines planted in 2001 on quartz rich clay. Water retention is absolutely crucial with drought conditions persisting in South Africa, which makes clay an ideal soil for grapes. Fermentation was done whole-cluster followed by élevage in neutral barrel.
About: This cuvée comes from two parcels of Syrah planted on Malmesbury Shale and Oakleaf Gravel. Jurgen believes these two soil types complement each other wonderfully. This vintage he began playing around with semi-carbonic maceration which adds lifted aromatics. After ten days on skins the wine is pressed off into neutral 500l barrel for ten months.