Intellego - Kedungu (2017)

Intellego - Kedungu (2017)

Staff Pick

50% Syrah - 45% Cinsault - 5% Mourvedre

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.

Our philosophy remains minimal intervention during the winemaking process and the wines are a celebration of the hard work done in the vineyard. For us it is intuitive winegrowing, an evolution through experimentation on small pockets of land selected in the Swartland Appellation.

Intellego’s true passion is the real work that happens in the vineyard with a hands-on approach, understanding seasonal influences and adjusting based on constant observation of the terroir.

A big aim is to create optimum soil conditions through organic practises where the vines will be nurtured for an indefinite period of time, creating conditions for each block to have their own individual character. We grow grapes in an environment that is beneficial to the plant and its roots in this Mediterranean like climate.

Mother nature has given us the opportunity to discover its true potential and by establishing vineyards on favourable sites we can express ourselves and at the same time contribute to a healthier environment. 

Cherry, Black Currant, Leather

BBQ, Pork Shoulder, Beef Kebob

About the Winemaker

Our philosophy remains minimal intervention during the winemaking process and the wines are a celebration of the hard work done in the vineyard. For us it is intuitive winegrowing, an evolution through experimentation on small pockets of land selected in the Swartland Appellation.

Intellego’s true passion is the real work that happens in the vineyard with a hands-on approach, understanding seasonal influences and adjusting based on constant observation of the terroir.

A big aim is to create optimum soil conditions through organic practises where the vines will be nurtured for an indefinite period of time, creating conditions for each block to have their own individual character. We grow grapes in an environment that is beneficial to the plant and its roots in this Mediterranean like climate.

Mother nature has given us the opportunity to discover its true potential and by establishing vineyards on favourable sites we can express ourselves and at the same time contribute to a healthier environment. 

Tasting Notes

Cherry, Black Currant, Leather

Pairings

BBQ, Pork Shoulder, Beef Kebob