Omertà,’ named after the Southern Italian (read, Mafia) term “code of silence.” The name originated from the fact that Francois would not reveal the vineyard’s name, location or association for fear of other winemakers lining up for the few rows of Carignan amidst the bountiful Syrah. Demand for the wine has increased and the block on the Paardeberg had a few rough years due to drought so Francois looked elsewhere for a bit of fruit to complement the Swartland selection. In 2018 he reached out to some friends that have a great dry-farmed block at high altitudes in Tulbagh and that was the new addition to the blend. The acid is still there but 2018 brought much higher levels of alcohols during the conversion than previous examples and though it is lists 14.6% on the label, the wine drinks much, much lighter than that.
The grapes were hand-harvested and fermented roughly 40%whole-cluster in an open top, one-ton stainless-steel tank and one concrete tank. Hang plunging over nearly three weeks is done for gentle extraction, keeping the purity of the fruit without too much acidity. The wine is pressed to 6-year-old 300L French barrels where the wine ages without sulfur addition for 13 months. It was bottled without fining or filtration and just a small addition of sulfur.