On the nose, one is greeted with flavours of a delightful mix of raspberries, mulberries and blackberries, which follows through on the palate. Spicy undertones of cloves and nutmeg leave a complex, full and lingering aftertaste.
Konkelberg Blend 54
CURRENT VINTAGE 2014
The name of this range comes from the early days of settlement in the Cape. The VOC (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) prohibited farmers from trading with anyone other than the ‘Compagnie’, but this lead to big unhappiness. Therefore when the ‘vrijburgers’ and local tribesmen wanted to do business, had to go to a secluded area in the mountain-range to trade without interference. This corner was where Stellenbosch Mountain and Helderberg ‘join’ and so it became known as ‘Konkelberg’.
Rooted in the oldest viticulture soil in the world, it is made up of decomposed granite on the lower slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. This vineyard enjoyed the refreshingly cool breezes from False Bay (Atlantic Ocean) during the day and cool night air flowing down the mountain, resulting in even ripening of the berries and good natural acidity. The macro climate is maritime, with cold wet winters and sunny warm summers.
Harvested by hand in the early morning in small picking bins to ensure that perfect grapes reached the cellar. Biodynamic (organic) practices are followed and therefore no herbicides or chemical sprays were used in the cultivation of these grapes.
Grapes were meticulously hand sorted, to ensure only the finest grapes make it into this blended red wine. Naturally fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in older French oak barrels for 19 months before being bottled.
Longridge Wine Estate, Helderberg, Stellenbosch.
Winemaker – Hendrien de Munck
Alc: 14% / RS: 1.7g/l / TA: 5.3g/l / pH: 3.70