A blend of classic South African grape varieties – the notion of ‘droë rooi’ (dry red) in SA is traditional, well known and long established. In other markets, non-varietal red blends often meet with resistance but this is to miss out on some amazingly great value wines. The key to making a great blend is knowing the characteristics of each plot, understanding the benefits each cultivar can bring, breaking rules and pushing boundaries. This producer uses a combination of knowledge, a love of nature and science to create versatile, expressive and food-friendly wines from a country that has been making wine for 360 years.
Prime cuts is a blend of Shiraz, Petit Verdot and Cinsault grapes from the Swartland area where the powerful South African sunshine makes sure these grapes reach their utmost ripeness. All grapes are picked by hand, softly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. This has amazing depth and complexity for a wine which has no oak ageing.
The up and coming Swartland region has a rather unique terroir and soil-composition. It is known for its focus on old-vines and bush-vines which give a distinct character to the wines. The drier conditions result in smaller grape berries that have increased levels of concentration and flavour components, undiluted by excessive irrigation.
This nose is full of pure crushed fresh raspberries with that Swartland sandy element and a hint of violet and sage. The palate oozes summer berry fruit and dark spice on the long and lingering finish.
A fantastic match to a huge variety of dishes from steak and chips, bangers and mash, juicy pink Sunday roast beef to beef stir-fry.