Mother Rock Wines Force Majeure Red Blend 2015
A ‘field blend’ from various ‘fields’ so to speak. It is a blend of Syrah, Pinotage, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, and Mourvédre. The fruit hails from a few sites in Swartland, ranging from Malmesbury, Riebeek Kasteel and Paardeberg Mountain. The vineyards were planted between 1983-1991, all bush vines and everything is dry-farmed. Since 2014, the vineyards have been farmed organically with the short-term future of certification.
The grapes were hand-harvested into small lug-boxes, limiting the damage to the grape in larger bins. Much care was given to the grapes during a preferment cooling period to prohibit oxidization. The Syrah was fermented 100% carbonically while the remaining grapes were fermented entirely whole bunch and the pressed juice was poured over the Syrah portion to continue the ferment. Aging was carried out on gross lees in stainless steel prior to a September bottling date. Like the rest of Stompie’s work, it was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The French would call this a ‘Vin de Soif’, roughly translated as ‘a wine to quench thirst’. The lack of oak really amps the ‘quenching’ part here! Uncanny juxtaposition of freshness to structure without the fruit being heavy in the least bit. A perfect wine for the warm summer night!
Natural wine, unfined and unfiltered, no enzymes or yeast were added, this is about as natural as it comes.
- Region: Swartland
- Varietal: 58% Syrah – 15% Pinotage – 10% Grenache – 8% Carignan – 5% Cinsault – 4% Mouvérdre
- Vintage: 2015
- Vineyard: Select Sites in Swartland: Malmesbury, Riebeek Kasteel and Paardeberg Mountain
- Vine Age: 24-33 years old
- Yield: Average: 2 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Varied: Primarily Granitic
- Alcohol: 12.5%
- Oak: None – Stainless Steel
- Production: 670 cases