|Goes well with||Cheeses, Fish, Roast Chicken, Salmon|
|Country/Region||South Africa, South Africa/Stellenbosch|
|Drinking style||Soft, round, elegant|
2 parcels of twenty+ year old vines on Ocean-facing, South-easterly & South westerly slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. The vines, grown in Clovely soils (decomposed granite), are mature and virus free, usually yielding 40 hl / ha and providing wonderful fruit depth. In 2013, yields were low and averaged at about 35 hl/ha in these blocks, whose soils are composed of decomposed granite and provide rare flinty & mineral flavours. Conditions in the lead up to the 2013 harvest were quite typical for the Helderberg; meaning generous rains and low temperatures during the Winter, a very windy Spring and a dry, hot Summer. The proximity of these vineyards to the sea and the resulting breeze that they experience during the ripening period mean that acidity and freshness is retained. The resulting beautiful fruit of 2013 translated into a wine with wonderful balance, purity and freshness. The initial picking happened very early, during the last week of January. All grapes were all hand-picked, at first light, into small lug-bins and hand-sorted over our sorting table. Likewise for the second picking, just over a week later. We divided the block into two pickings in order to balance fresh acidity with complexity of flavours.