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Mother Rock


‘Force Celeste’ Cinsault

Swartland - South Africa


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.


  • Grapes: 100% Cinsault
  • Vineyard: Granaat Fontein (Paardeberg)
  • Vine Age: 25-years-old
  • Soil Type: Decomposed granite
  • Viticulture: Practicing organic – dry-farmed
  • Fermentation: Native – 100% whole-cluster (semi-carbonic) in concrete
  • Skin Contact: 6 weeks (4 weeks during fermentation - 2 weeks post-ferment)
  • Aging: 12 months in concrete egg
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • pH: 3.87
  • Total Acidity: 5 g/L
  • Total SO2: 28 ppm
  • Total Production: 600 cases
  • UPC: 781718130196

Tasting Note

A lifted, light red with ripe tannins, depth, and drinkability from whole bunch fermentation. As always, there is a gentle rusticity that peeks through layers of red fruits. Very pure and bright this vintage.

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