2022 Forager Red (Shiraz & Grenache)

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2022 Forager Red (Shiraz & Grenache)
2022 Forager Red (Shiraz & Grenache)
2022 Forager Red (Shiraz & Grenache)
2022 Forager Red (Shiraz & Grenache)

Traversing the beautiful vineyards of the Western Cape, I have the good fortune to often taste small and unique parcels of wine. Winemakers create blends to accentuate certain qualities or add complexity to a wine. Forager is one such blend, assembled from selected grapes each with its own special character, 'foraged' from various vineyards, barrels and batches to create a distinctive wine in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Tasting Notes

Colour

Deep ruby garnet. 

Nose

The nose is reminiscent of dark forest fruit with notes of white pepper, dried herbs, cloves and leather. 

Palate

Red berry and dark jam follow on the palate with subtle vanilla oak. The finish is elegant and perfumed. Medium to full-bodied with soft, supple tannins.

2022 Forager Red (Shiraz & Grenache)

Vineyards

Dryland vineyards in Paarl, Wellington, and Malmesbury, aged 16-25 years. Various soil types, including decomposed granite, shale, and alluvial soils. 

Winemaking

Hand-harvested with rigorous bunch selection in the vineyards. After crushing and destemming, the grapes were cold-macerated for a few days. Fermentation took place in open-top stainlesssteel tanks with regular punch-downs and pump-overs. After fermentation, the Shiraz was left on the skins for extended contact before a portion was racked to a combination of French and American oak barrels. The Grenache portion was unoaked and stored in stainless steel tanks until blending with the Shiraz. 

Awards

  • 2018: Gold, Ultra Wine Challenge - 3.5 Stars Platter
  • 2019: Gold, Gilbert & Gaillard - 3.5 Stars Platter
  • 2020: Winemag 93pt and Top 10 SA Red blends - Gold, Gilbert & Gaillard - 4 Stars Diners Club

    Specifications

    Year 2022
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar 80% Shiraz 20% Grenache
    Country South Africa
    Alcohol content
    14.5% alc vol 
    Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.9 units
    Type Red Wine
    Allergen Information Contains sulphites
    Food Suggestion

    Pair with grilled and barbecued beef or game; pan-roasted duck breast; hearty stews and braised meats. 

    Serve it slightly cool around 16°C to 18°C.

    Cellaring Potential

    This wine can be enjoyed now but will reward cellaring for up to 5-6 years.

    Additional Information

    Integrity & Sustainably Certified

    Origin Paarl & Swartland
    Appellation Western Cape