limited stock Strandveld Vineyards

The Navigator

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Sold by: Strandveld Vineyards

R 200

Ready to ship   available1 X 24 Sold only in multiples of 6 Bottles

750 ml (Standard)

2015


Cultivar:

58% Syrah, 26% Grenache, 9% Mourvèdre, 7% Viognier

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

92 Points - Neal Martin 90 Points - Tim Atkin 90 Points - Winemag.co.za 90 Points - Decanter

Specifications:

14.20% alc vol Sugar g/l: 2.8
Type: Red Blend, Red Wine Cellaring Potential: 10+ yrs
Origin: Cape Agulhas Appellation: Elim

Tasting Notes:

Aromas of cool-climate spice with white pepper and cloves. Floral hints courtesy of the Viognier. The spiciness carries through to the palate and is complemented by black berry flavours. The Grenache contributes dried-peach tannins, with a long finish.

Blackberry
Blackberry

Cloves
Cloves

Violets
Violets

White Pepper
White Pepper

In homage to Prince Henry the Navigator and patron of early Portuguese exploration, this aromatic Rhône blend seamlessly combines the rich flavours of Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Viognier.

After a very long wet and cold winter, the spring of 2014 showed good promise. Our hopes for a decent yield were given a blow by an unseasonal cold front in the middle of November. Gale force winds with ice rain caused damage in the middle of our flowering season. The rest of our summer season was dominated by dry East winds. The smaller crop and dry conditions contributed to earlier ripening of the harvest. Our harvest commenced on the 2nd of February, one week earlier than normal. Healthy grapes with smaller berries and less juice were the norm.

The grapes were harvested over a 5 day period (first Shiraz followed by Grenache the Viognier and finally Mourvedre) prior to co-fermentation. Fermentation temperatures were controlled between 22 and 26C with a total of 21 days skin contact during fermentation. Pump-overs were effected thrice daily.

This special blend was matured for 18 months in 100% French oak 300 litres barrels.

Food pairing

Can be paired with any type of meat, grilled, roasted, braised or stewed.

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