New wines The Ratio, The Vine Post Pinotage and The Mistaken Identity join the ever-popular Plum Pudding Hill Syrah to make a flagship quartet of wines which jointly-express the soils and terrain of Stellenzicht and the passion and skills of long-serving winemaker, Guy Webber.
Within the Speciality Range are two new blends, one red and one white. The Ratio 2015 is a white Bordeaux-style blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon based on the Golden Ratio of 1:1,618 found throughout nature and utilised by artists and mathematicians such as Da Vinci and Fibonacci. Grapes from older vineyards are co-fermented, partly in stainless steel and partly in large new oak barrels, before being blended and left on the lees for 15 months for added richness and texture. Using the Golden Ratio removes any of Guy’s personal preferences when it comes to making up the blend, giving a purity of process to match the pure fruit flavours and intricate complexity of the wine.
The Mistaken Identity 2013 red Cape Blend is a wine very close to Guy’s heart and one which he describes as “the ultimate expression of powerful elegance”. The blend – 50% each of Pinotage and Shiraz – came about by accident when Guy mistakenly-believed he was blending different Shiraz components at a trade show in Bordeaux. Realising he had actually blended Pinotage and Shiraz, he was struck by the intensity and complexity of the wine, realising the two varieties’ shared roots in the Rhône valley created a perfect complement for each other. Over the years he has tried different proportions but has consistently found the marriage of equal partners gives him the flavours and texture he requires in this full-bodied, yet elegant wine.
The two registered single vineyard wines – The Vine Post Pinotage 2014 and the Plum Pudding Hill Syrah 2011 – offer unique studies in the varied, specific terroirs of Stellenzicht. Based high on the slopes and subject to plenty of strong winds from False Bay, the Vine Post Pinotage vineyard is unusually planted using the stok-by-paaltjie or ‘1 vine, 1 stake’ method. Yields are ridiculously-low giving intensely-concentrated fruit enhanced by new oak contact of more than two years. The Plum Pudding Hill Syrah vineyard is almost 30 years old and also lies facing False Bay where the winds allowed for a longer than usual ripening period. Made in a bold, fruit-forward style, the Plum Pudding Hill gains complexity over time, adding layers of interest and intrigue to every glass.
Now approaching his 20th year making wine at Stellenzicht, this range of wines is the epitome of everything Guy has striven towards in his career on the farm.
“If you’d asked me twenty years ago what kinds of wines I’d like to make in my life, I think the answer would have been the wines now showcased by this range,” he says.
Elegantly-packaged with a unified brand identity, the wines are completely different from each other, yet each one shares the same meticulous attention to detail and the strong sense of place enjoyed by all Stellenzicht’s wines.
Stellenzicht Vineyards is situated on the Stellenrust Road, off the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.
The Speciality Range is available exclusively from the brand home and can also be delivered to your door when purchased online through the Vinotèque at this link: www.vinoteque.co.za/collections/stellenzicht
For more information about Stellenzicht and its wines, visit www.stellenzicht.co.za, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 021 880 1103 or make contact on www.facebook.com/StellenzichtVineyards (or via twitter @Stellenzicht).
Stellenzicht is part of Distell Luxury Wines, a collection of superlative quality, award-winning wines from several boutique estates situated in and around the Cape Winelands.
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