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Radford Dale Black Rock Red Swartland 2020

Radford Dale Black Rock Red Swartland 2020

Since 2003, the Radford Dale team has been working with old bush vines in the Swartland, South Africa that produce this distinctive blend. The vineyard team harvests early to preserve balance and capture the bright, natural acidity with which these varieties ripen. Drought has been a fact of life in the Swartland over the past few years, but these old vines have never been irrigated and have therefore adapted their root structures to plunge many meters deep into the granite subsoil. If there is moisture to be found, these vines will find it. Smaller crops are a direct result of the drought and a subsequent shift in the varietal make-up has meant that only Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault and Mourvèdre were incorporated in this vintage of Black Rock.

Only hand harvesting was employed to bring the grapes from the vineyards to the cellar and from there, bunch sorting was carried out by hand. Grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed and moved to fermentation vats. A key feature Radford Dale’s process with this wine is that all varieties are co-fermented instead of fermenting separately and then blending. This allows for a much more harmonious and seamless blend. From here the wine was drawn off and skins lightly pressed. Barrel maturation lasted 18 months with most of the barrels ranging from 2nd to 6th fill. The wine matured on its primary lees for the duration of its time in barrel to build the complexity of the palate while practically eliminating the need for sulphur additions. As with all Radford Dale red wines, this was not fined or filtered prior to bottling.

Earlier picking means lower alcohol and bright, fresh expression of the fruit. The nose shows complexity through interesting spice and fynbos aromas and a prominent dark fruit note. On the palate, the wine delights with generous concentration and refined, smooth texture.

We recommend pairing with smoked salmon filets, Moroccan roasted lamb, or Thai curry.

ABV 13.5%

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