The ‘Mother Rock’ series of wines is all about showcasing the nuance and greatness of the Swartland through a very minimalist touch of Johan Meyer, AKA ‘Stompie.’ Cinsault is the grape that in many ways embodies the ‘new’ Swartland, one that is highlighted in its best light with a gentle touch, picking early to preserve acidity and not covering up the elegance of the grape with oak. The 2022 vintage saw a shift from a Malmesbury site to one on the Paardeberg, made up entirely of decomposed granite soils which add a distinguished freshness and vibrancy to the wine.
The grapes are handpicked across two weeks and were wild yeast fermented entirely whole-cluster in concrete tanks with just gentle hand plunging for four weeks and an additional two weeks on skins/stems post-fermentation. The wine remained in concrete for twelve months of aging. After that point, the wine was blended and bottled without fining or filtration and just a very small addition of sulfur.