Die Waghuis Red 2017
Lively and rich with ripe fruit flavours elegantly supported by soft tannins.
VARIETALS: Grenache 44% Shiraz 27% Mourvedre 25% Verdelho 4%
NOSE: No obvious varietal dominance. Ripe cherry and subtle plum fruit combine with layers of jasmine, cinnamon and warm, oaky leather.
PALATE: Lively and rich with the ripe fruit flavours elegantly supported by soft waves of tannin. Well balanced with a lingering aftertaste.
WOOD MATURATION: The blend was aged in second-fill Sylvain Reserve Bordeaux 225-litre barrels for 14 months.
The historic Die Waghuis – or Guard House – on the foothills of the scenic Piketberg Mountain was erected in the 18th Century to serve as a lookout post and stands as an icon of South Africa’s rich and eventful history.
The vineyards were planted in 2012 on south-facing slopes with a unique row direction of east to south-west. The soils are mainly of terra-rossa formation with a high percentage of shale, providing a well-drained, cool environment for the roots to flourish. The bushvine Grenache is planted at the top of the hill with the trellised Shiraz and Mouvedre lower down.