LAMMERSHOEK INNOCENT RED BLEND 2015
Lammershoek literally means “lambs’ corner”, and legend has it that ewes sought shelter for their offspring in the forest alongside the farm when they were threatened by the black eagle which abounded here – giant predator birds locally known as the lammervanger (meaning “lamb catcher” in the Afrikaans language).
53% Syrah, 21% Pinotage, 13% Zinfandel, 7% Mourvèdre, 4% Carignan, 1% Grenache, 1% Chenin Blanc
VINEYARD & VINIFICATION
Farmed dryland, thus no irrigation. All the vines are old bush vines between 15 -50 years. The wines was handled separate in the cellar and the final blend made up from different barrels in the cellar.
A very rough sorting was done to remove any over/ under ripe grapes or leaves from entering into the fermentation tank. The grapes were fermented in various fermenters ranging from open concrete fermenters, wooden foudre and barrels for a period of 2-3 weeks with some post fermentation extended maceration on the skins before pressing. In some cases up to 60 % whole bunches were used depending on the variety. The grapes not used for whole bunch fermentation were de-stemmed and slightly crushed before going to tank.
The wines was aged in a combination of concrete tanks and wooden foudre before careful blending and bottling after the 11 months. No new oak was used.
Alcohol: 13.52%; Residual Sugar: 2.1g/l; PH: 3.57; Total Acidity: 5.6g/l
Colour: Bright ruby red
Nose: Dark fruit, spices with hints of cacao
Palate: At first you will find a soft and rounded mouth feel with a ripe and lingering tannin structure towards the end.
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Easy drinking red. Recommended!