Org de Rac Die Waghuis Red 2016 

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Org de Rac is an award-winning, organically-certified estate located near Picketberg in the region of Swartland, today the source of many of the country’s most exciting wines. Org de Rac was established in 2001 as one of the first fully organic producers of South Africa and in 2005, the first wines were produced from vineyards on south facing slopes.

The wines are crafted by talented veteran winemaker Frank Meaker who has just overseeen the shift towards completely vegan production methods. A wide range of wines are made, all with the common thread of great value and varietal definition.

The vineyards were planted in 2013 on a south-facing slope with the 1.1 hectares of Verdelho at the bottom of the hill followed by the 1.1 hectares of Roussanne and  1.1 hectares of Chenin Blanc at the top. A range of cover crops are grown and biodiversity is encouraged amongst the vines. Only natural, organically certified treatments are used.

In 2016, the  varieties were fermented together. A fraction of the grapes were whole-berry fermented together with crushed berries. 1000ltrs were extracted and fermented dry then went through malolactic fermentation in two 500ltr barrels with cherry wood heads and American oak staves. The blend was aged in second-fill Sulvain Reserve Bordeaux 225 ltr barrels for 14 months.

Grape: 66% Shiraz, 19% Grenache, 12% Mourvèdre, 3% Verdelho

Tasting Note: A wine of elegance and refinement with perfumed aromas of rosehip and blackberry flacked with hints of white pepper. Fine silky tannins and gentle texture allied to great purity

Sugar Level: 2.3g/l

Food Match: A perfect match to roast pheasant or turkey.

Vintage: 2016

Awards: 89/100 Tim Atkin & Platter Awards - 4 Stars ««««

Closure: Cork

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