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    The Grande Provence White

    WINE MAKER’S TASTING NOTES The wine is rich, full-bodied with upfront layers of fruit and well-integrated oak.   AWARDS Double Gold - Michelangelo Awards 2018   VINTAGE 2016   VARIETY 60% Chenin Blanc | 30% Viognier | 10% Chardonnay   WINE OF ORIGIN Franschhoek   VINIFICATION The Chenin Blanc is sourced from 33 year old vines. The grapes are hand harvested and whole bunch pressed, then fermented in large French oak barrels and matured in barrel for 11 months. The Viognier comes from vineyards situated on high slopes of the Franschhoek mountains. The grapes are whole bunch pressed and aged in new and older French Oak bariques for 11 months. The Chardonnay comes from the Robertsvlei Valley in Franschhoek with a notably colder ripening temperature that protects the beautiful natural acidity of Chardonnay. The grapes are hand harvested and whole bunch pressed with a gentle champagne method. The wine is barrel fermented and aged in 500l French oak. Meticulous blending creates this sublime blend of classic varieties.   SERVING SUGGESTION Serve with fresh seafood platters, delicious steamed mussel or smoked trout.   AGEING POTENTIAL This  white blend intrigues and offers immense pleasure now and rewards cellaring for up to 5 years.   TECHNICAL ANALYSIS Alc:  13 % pH:  3.45 RS:  2.38 g/l  
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    The Grande Provence Red

    WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES This wine is a perfectly balanced, full-bodied and multi-dimensional blend with a beautiful deep garnet hue. It exhibits a powerful and complex aroma with notes of cigar box, cherry tobacco and cedar, overlaid with cassis, roasted strawberries, bright red cherries and raspberries. The wine has a smooth, supple entry with seamless integration of oak. The flavours on the palate echo those found on the nose and are cradled by pliable, polished tannins that linger like a first kiss.  This is a classy and perfectly balanced example of a modern take on Bordeaux.   AWARDS 91 points - Tim Atkin Awards Platinum - South African Wine Index 2019 Silver - Michelangelo Awards 2018   VINTAGE 2015   VARIETY Merlot 60% | Cabernet Sauvignon 30% | Malbec 10%   WINE OF ORIGIN Grapes for The Grande Provence Red are hand harvested from vineyards overlooking Grande Provence Estate.  The well-drained, decomposed sandstone soil is ideal for the cultivation of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec grapes. Special viticultural methods are used to obtain low vigour and slow ripening grapes, perfect building blocks for this iconic Bordeaux-style blend.   SERVING SUGGESTION Bordeaux-style blends are the perfect partner to lamb, beef,  game and duck.  Enjoy this wine with full-flavoured, slow roasted red meat dishes, lamb cutlets with rosemary and creamy veal saltimbocca.   AGEING POTENTIAL This wine was barrel aged in French Oak for 24 months. Delicious for drinking now. Shows promise for greater integration for up to 10-15 years from vintage.   TECHNICAL ANALYSIS Alc:  14.0 % pH:  3.42 RS:  2.42 g/l TA:  5.8 g/l
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    The Grande Provence The Amphora

    HISTORY There is something to be said about following in the footsteps of ancient Greek and Roman winemakers who embraced this ‘technology’ thousands of years ago, using clay hewn out of the earth to cradle and nurture a living liquid.  The journey of The Grande Provence Amphora wine began when the winemaker decided to import two 400L clay amphorae from Manetti Gusmano and Figli from Florence, Italy, with seven generations of experience in crafting their superb vessels.  A small block of Chenin Blanc (33 years old) in Franschhoek was selected and only the very best yellow, sun exposed bunches were picked to maximise the health, flavour and aromatic expression of the wine.   VINTAGE 2017   WINE OF ORIGIN Franschhoek   VARIETY Chenin Blanc 92.5% | Viognier 7.5%   AWARDS 94/100 Wine Magazine Rating   WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES The wine is fresh and extremely aromatic. Upfront flavours of mandarin and citrus on the nose complemented by hints of perfume carry through beautifully onto the palate. This is an elegant and complex wine with integrated layers of texture and spice. We understand now that tannin from seeds and skins help preserve this wine naturally, therefore needing less sulphur to protect against oxidation.  We also know that using vessels made from clay lets the wine ‘breathe’ during ageing allowing for the natural stabilisation of the wine’s phenolic structure. With careful winemaking allowing the fruit to express site authenticity, this wine is full of fruit purity and intense aromatics.   VINIFICATION The grapes were destemmed by hand, left to ferment naturally on the skins and remained in the clay amphorae on their skins for 8 months, without sulphur.Made from one of the oldest Chenin Blanc and Viognier blocks in Franschhoek, this wine was hand pressed, racked, fined and settled for a month before bottling.   SERVING SUGGESTION Decant 30 minutes before serving and enjoy slightly chilled.   TECHNICAL ANALYSIS Alc:  14.0 % pH:  3.42 RS:  2.42 g/l TA:  5.8 g/l