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Mother Rock

2018

‘Holocene’

Red Blend   |   Swartland - South Africa

About

Holocene’ is the current geological epoch in which the world find itself. It began roughly 11,650 years ago and is characterized by rapid proliferation and the evolution of humankind. Stompie aptly named this wine ‘Holocene’ as it is man’s (his) interpretation of showcasing planted grapes from much older geological epochs, blending across three different varieties. The grapes come from three vineyards in the Paardeberg region, between Paarl and Malmesbury and one further west of Malmesbury towards Darling. The vineyards were planted between 1973 and 1984, in very wide rows and organically, dryland farmed.

The grapes were hand-picked throughout February in five passes. The grapes were fermented based on picks with some co-fermentation happening and all of the ferments 100% open top whole-bunch. Fermentation lasted about 10 days and the wine spent another 22 days on the skins post-fermentation. The lots were then basket-pressed to old French 250L, 300L and 500L barrels where the wine aged for 11 months on the gross lees. It was bottled in January of 2019 without fining or filtration and only a small dose of SO2.

Stats

  • Grapes: 50% Carignan - 30% Mourvèdre - 20% Cinsault
  • Vineyard: Three sites in the Swartland: (Paardeberg – eastern Malmesbury – between Darling and Malmesbury)
  • Vine Age: 34-45-years-old
  • Soil Type: Decomposed but rocky granite with Malmesbury shale (Cinsault & Mourvèdre) – Ironstone & Clay (Carignan)
  • Viticulture: Practicing Organic – dry-farmed
  • Fermentation: Native – open top in plastic fermenters (100% whole-bunch - 10 days of pigeage)
  • Skin Contact: 32 days: 10 days during fermentation - 22 days post-fermentation
  • Aging: 11 months in old 225L, 300L, 500L French oak barrels
  • pH: 3.66
  • Total Acidity: 6.1 g/L
  • Total SO2: 48 ppm
  • Total Production: 300 cases

Tasting Note

A charming nose of black pepper, red and black fruits and earthy spice. Incredibly pure fruit, fresh acidity and fine tannins. Elegant and grippy.

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