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Mother Rock

2021

‘Force Celeste’

Rosé   |   Swartland - South Africa

About

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.’ This comes from the same vineyard as the ‘Force Celeste’ Cinsault and last year’s rosé. This block was planted in 1990 on decomposed granite and ironstone soils in the Malmesbury region.  The block has been organically dry-farmed since 2014.

The bunches were hand-picked in mid-January and left fully intact to be lightly whole-bunch pressed to old 500L French oak puncheons. Fermentation commenced without any additions and with full gross lees in barrel. After six months of aging the barrels were racked to tank and bottled without fining or filtration and just a small addition of sulfur.

Stats

  • Grapes: 100% Cinsault
  • Vineyard: Single site near Malmesbury
  • Vine Age: 31-years-old
  • Soil Type: Decomposed granite over ironstone
  • Viticulture: Practicing Organic – dry-farmed
  • Fermentation: Native – 100% whole-bunch pressed to old 500L French puncheon
  • Skin Contact: None - just at the press
  • Aging: 6 months - neutral 500L French puncheon
  • Alcohol: 11.5%
  • pH: 3.51
  • Total Acidity: 5.3 g/L
  • Total SO2: 12 ppm
  • Total Production: 600 cases

Tasting Note

Beautifully pure rosé, with characteristic strawberry notes and hints of sweet spices. Palate has refreshing acidity and good length.

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