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Deep Rooted Wines

2019

‘Touch Me’

Verdelho   |   Walker Bay - South Africa

About

The rather evocative name and naughty label for this seductively soft and delicious wine was not chosen just for thrills. (In the words of Tim Atkin, “Any wine with a nipple on its label is going to attract people’s attention, but it’s the liquid in the bottle that should really turn heads.”) Mark wants the drinker to experience this wine through multiple senses. All too often, we focus on smell and taste when drinking a wine, and we forget about the feel. This wine has an incredible textural component which should not be overlooked; Mark wants you to “touch” it.

The Verdelho grapes were harvested from a single vineyard in Bot River. After gentle foot stomping, the juice was left to macerate with the skins for 5 days. It fermented with native yeast in a single 500L old wooden barrel, and the wine remained there for a year of maturation on the gross lees. At that point, it was racked to tank and bottled with just a slight filtration. No fining, and certainly, no sulfur.

 

 

 

Stats

  • Grapes: 100% Verdelho
  • Vineyard: Krige's Gem (Bot River)
  • Vine Age: 15-years-old
  • Soil Type: Decomposed granite
  • Viticulture: Sustainable
  • Fermentation: Native yeast – a single, old 500L barrel
  • Skin Contact: 5 days
  • Aging: 12 months in a single, old 500L barrel
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • pH: 3.18
  • Total Acidity: 8.1 g/L
  • Total SO2: None added
  • Total Production: 43 cases
  • UPC: None

Tasting Notes

This Verdelho has a gentle phenolic grip that lends presence while a waxy layer coats your tongue and lingers almost indefinitely. All the while, aromas of dried apricot and Riesling-like gasoline dance in the glass. This is a wine to ponder, and certainly, to feel.

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