It’s Really All about the Vineyards
Mourvèdre is one of the most underrated red grape wine varietals and it goes by 95 other names, including Mataró, which is used in Portugal.
It is a well-known Rosé varietal used in regions such as Provence and the Rhône valley in France. Our Circumstance Cape Coral Mourvèdre is produced from grapes in the Stellenbosch wine growing region, characterised by relatively mild winters, and long hot summers. The vines are cultivated under dryland conditions and planted in cool, deep red soils which provide adequate water for this late ripening varietal.
A Gentle Hand
Grapes were hand harvested and a gentle whole bunch pressing extracted only the finest juice. No further maceration of the juice with the skins was allowed. Seeing as the pH was low, the acid high and we did not see any rot, it was not necessary to add any sulphur. The alcoholic fermentation started spontaneously with wild yeasts that occur naturally in the vineyard.
This was completed in our older wooden fermenters to ensure a slow ingress of oxygen throughout the process and therefore a longer fermentation without picking-up any oak aromas. The wine was then left on the primary lees for another eight months to add further complexity before bottling.
And A Few Prayers To Mother Nature- 2014/15 Growing Season
The Stellenbosch area experienced a good winter with sufficient rain to fill the dams and provide enough cold units in July to have the vines in full dormancy. From August the temperatures started to rise slowly and spring arrived early with flowering occurring under near perfect conditions. This allowed for even ripening which contributed to the quality of the wine. During this stage we also experienced windy conditions which led to looser bunches and a naturally lower yield, packed with concentration.
Throughout the growing season temperatures remained moderate, with the odd heat spike here and there. Veraison (the onset of ripening) started two weeks earlier than usual. During the rest of the growing season we saw little rain, which resulted in a very low disease pressure. Even though the days were warm, we noticed that the evenings cooled down favourably.
The 2015 harvest was the earliest to date at Waterkloof. We started picking two weeks earlier than usual, due to the early spring but hang time was sufficient to allow phenolic ripeness. The quality of the fruit was exceptional – low pH, high acidity and clean fruit with little to no rot.
A Tasting Note From The Glass Of Nadia Barnard
Pale, salmon colour. Delicate floral aromas, with hints of minerality are prominent on the nose. The palate is soft, fresh and supple, finishing with a balanced acidity. Traditionally the wine is served chilled on its own, but also marries well with salmon and fresh dishes.
The Numbers (36 177 bottles produced)