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Circle of Life Red 2020

    Description

    Divine blend from top biodynamic estate.
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    Circle of Life Red 2020

      • Stellenbosch, South Africa

      £13.00

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      • Style: Red
        ABV:
        14.0%
        Grape varieties: 38% Cabernet Franc, 28% Merlot, 18% Syrah
        Closure type: Screw cap
        Vol: 75 cL
        • Vegan
        • Biodynamic

        Description

        Divine blend from top biodynamic estate.

        Background

        Circle of Life Red is neither defined by grape varietals, nor indeed a specific block within the vineyard, but instead encapsulates the myriad soils, aspects, altitudes and grape varieties found on this windswept, biodynamic farm. The windswept vineyard blocks are all, south facing (less sun exposure), 200-350m above sea-level and a mere 2 miles from The Atlantic. These factors combine to produce low yields, balanced grapes and wines with a true sense of place. Production is a miserly 4 tons per hectare.

        Tasting notes

        A harmonious blend that combines the spiciness of Syrah, the fresh fruits of Petit Verdot and the juiciness from Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The beginning is fresh and fruity with good acidity, evolving into riper flavours with lightly herbaceous notes. Elegant tannins and fine, bright acid on the finish.

        Winemaking

        Grapes are hand-harvested and brought to the cellar by horses for hand-sorting. Bordeaux varietals are de-stemmed, whilst Rhone varietals are not de-stemmed. Fermentation takes place spontaneously with wild yeast in large, open-top wooden fermenters with foot-pressing or manual punch-downs 1-2 times per day. The wine is left on skins for 30 days before going through malolactic fermentation in mainly old barrels, then ageing for 20 months in the same vessels. The components are then blended and the wine ages futher in large wooden foudre. No fining, just a light filtration. No additons other than sulphur. Vegan friendly, biodynamic wine.

        Food pairings

        Great with a variety of dishes or on its own.

        Awards

        95/100 Winemag

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