!!! $50 Wine Club !!!
Regular price $50.00
September $50 Wine Club!
We are excited to offer an exclusive wine to only you, Club Members!
Mother Rock 'Holocene' Red Blend is from one of our favorite winemakers, Johan Meyer coming to us from Swartland, South Africa.
Holocene’ is the current geological epoch in which the world find itself. It began roughly 11,650 years ago and is characterized by rapid proliferation and the evolution of humankind. Stompie aptly named this wine ‘Holocene’ as it is man’s (his) interpretation of showcasing planted grapes from much older geological epochs, blending across three different varieties. The grapes come from three vineyards in the Paardeberg region, between Paarl and Malmesbury and one further west of Malmesbury towards Darling. The vineyards were planted between 1973 and 1984, in very wide rows and organically, dryland farmed.
The grapes were hand-picked throughout February in five passes. The grapes were fermented based on picks with some co-fermentation happening and all of the ferments 100% open top whole-bunch. Fermentation lasted about 10 days and the wine spent another 22 days on the skins post-fermentation. The lots were then basket-pressed to old French 250L, 300L and 500L barrels where the wine aged for 11 months on the gross lees. It was bottled in January of 2019 without fining or filtration and only a small dose of SO2.
A charming nose of black pepper, red and black fruits and earthy spice. Incredibly pure fruit, fresh acidity and fine tannins. Elegant and grippy.
The second wine also comes from Johan Meyer under his Force Celeste label:
About Force Celeste Sémillon:
All the grapes come from the Waterval Vineyard, owned by Barry Schreiber and farmed by his daughter Franziska Wickens. The bush vines were planted in 1997 on decomposed granite and dry farmed since its initial planting. Since 2014, the southwest facing vineyard has only received organic sprayings and the undervine work has been done purely by machine and not chemically.
The grapes were hand-harvested into small lug-boxes, limiting the damage to the grape in larger bins. The grapes were picked early in the morning prior to the sun coming up in order to retain as much acidity as possible and over the period of ten days to get varying ripening levels. The grapes were whole-bunch pressed and the majority of it was fermented in stainless steel at cooler temperature (57°F) with a small amount fermented older 300L barrels. 20% of the entire lot was fermented on its skins. After seven months of aging on the gross lees, the stainless & barrel lots were blended and bottled without fining, filtration or a sulfur dioxide addition.
Hazy yellow. Aromas of fresh grass, tangerine, nectarines and lemon peel notes burst from the glass with subtle notes of cucumber water, honeycomb and orange zest. The palate bring a touch of macadamia nut oil profile with intense texture and grip. There is a good bit of acid initially that dissipates leaving a long, persistent finish. Decanting will do this wine well!
In addition to the wines, you also will receive a code good through the month of September for 10% off all online and in-store purchases, a Spotify playlist thoughtfully created from us to you, FREE Thursday Wine Tastings for the month for you and a guest, and first dibs on allocated items if and when they are offered to us.