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Intellego - Kedungu (2017)

Intellego - Kedungu (2017)

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Region: Swartland

Varietal: 50% Syrah - 45% Cinsault - 5% Mourvedre

Vintage: 2017

Vine Age: 20-40 years old

Soil Type: Quartzitic clay, oakleaf and ferricrete

Alcohol: 11%

Oak: 9-10 months in old French oak

Production: 150 cases

Inspired by an epic surfing trip while having loads of fun, still with a “babbelas”, this wine was born as a combination of different characters from the Swartland terroir and its diverse micro climate.

The vines were established between 1980’s and 2000 on different rootstocks due to the various soil profiles. They are all untrellised and dry farmed. The blend consists of Syrah/Cinsaut/Mourvedre (50/45/5) and every vintage component differs due to the growing conditions that change every season.

Syrah, the backbone of this blend, contributes to the structure and freshness of the wine. Cinsaut adds a lovely mid palate and vibrance with loads of red fruits. The Mourvedre provides tannin structure and depth as well as darker fruit.

The three components were fermented separately and entirely whole bunch in a closed fermentor (carbonically). The Syrah spent 14 days on skins while the other two parcels underwent a short ferment for roughly a week. The lots were blended and pressed together directly to neutral 225L and 500L French barrels where they rested for nine months before being bottled with a small addition of sulfur.