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4.5 Starts Platter’s Wine Guide
Our Estate wine is produced with a component from all 17 red vineyards on the property, the varying soils, aspects and terroir Chronicle the unique story of our Estate and the vintage in which the wine was made. A juicy, complex wine full of character with polished tannins and a bright acidity that brings freshness and length.
The Chronicle began as our Estate Blend in 2002 and evolved into what it is today. We use a component from each of our 17 red vineyards over the estates 55 hactares. The soils, aspects and terroir vary between all the blocks so by combining them we are producing a blend that gives the best overview of each vintage for the estate, chronicling each vintage perfectly.
Vintage Overview: 2020 was a good year all round. Yields were up on 2019. Spring through to midsummer was warm and dry, with ripeness across the board being achieved easily. Winter rains arrived a early which hurried the harvesting of the Cabernet Sauvignon slightly. The 2020 Chronicle is Merlot driven (45%) with the balance made up of Syrah, Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon. Vineyard 17 vineyard blocks over 55 hectares and 8 soil types. The vines vary in age, from 10 to 26 years old. The soils near the top of the estate are shallow and very well drained where the lower slopes tend to have deeper, richer soils. This variation in terroir and varieties, and combination thereof, result in a unique, complex wine.
Cellar: All blocks are harvested and vinified separately. Spontaneous fermentation. The Syrah component undergoes carbonic maceration and maturation in cement tanks with each of the other components being matured in barrel for one year before blending and maturation for another year in in the same barrels. 24 months maturation in total. Unfined and unfiltered.
Tasting Notes Colour: Ruby Red Nose: Violets, blackberries, red cherries, ripe plum, vanilla and cedar. Palate: Burst of fresh red fruit on entry. Lively acid and plush tannins lead into a gently savoury finish.