A Twist of Fate
Quaffable red berries and spice. Smooth tannins and well integrated acidity.
Tinta Barocca was the first Portuguese grape to find its way to the Klein Karoo in 1973. However, this was never planned, as the Nel family thought they had planted Shiraz. Similarly, in 2004, Tinta Amarella was planted, thinking it to be Tinta Roriz. These vines finding their way to Calitzdorp due to a simple twist of fate has now for years been vital to the success story of Calitzdorp port and dry table wines.
Tinta Amarela and Tinta Barocca were harvested together early in February at a sugar of 23.5o Balling. Bunches were destemmed, crushed and rapidly cooled in an open fermenter. The berries were then left untouched to start natural fermentation. As soon as the fermentation was underway, the free run juice was drained from the open fermenter and cool fermented at 15-18o C in tank. After fermentation, the wine underwent malo-lactic fermentation in tank with staves.
Gold Wine Award 2017, 2019
Platter 2018 Guide – Hidden Gem
Double Gold Vitis Vinifera 2018