The Bonfire Hill winemaker Trizanne Barnard has years of international winemaking experience. Her passion lies in the Western Cape, making wines sourced from the most extreme vineyards and blending them to perfection. Trizanne seeks out grapes from wind-ravaged vineyards in Elim, the old expanses of the Overberg Highlands, from dryland bush vines in the warm Swartland and from the high slopes of the Piekernierskloof. They then all come together under Trizanne’s watchful eye to create wines full of flavour, tannin and texture. The unusual philosophy behind the Bonfire Hill range of wines is to blend different varieties from around the Bonfire Hill vineyards, drawing on very special, extreme parcels of vines. They put a great deal of thought into what varieties they work with and which vineyard blocks to use. Each with different soil types and climates, their belief is that they can craft more complex, intriguing wine by using them as their “building blocks”. This results in the “whole” always being so much more than the “sum of its parts”. Almost always a wild fermentation, with some varieties fermented separately and others co-fermented. Hand plunging, whole bunch pressing for whites, whole bunch fermentation for reds, oak aging in 225l Oak, mostly old French but some new oak.
An intriguing, inviting blend of red summer fruits, spring fynbos flowers, Indian spice and just a hint of toasty oak on the nose. The palate is surprisingly decadent, rich, with almost creamy tannins. You’ll find raspberries, blackberries, ripe plum and a hint of pepper, spice and leather on the palate. It is balanced, with just the tiniest prod of refreshing, salty acid, like a playful poke of Neptune’s trident.
Welcome to complex, ripe aromas of citrus and peach, backed up by the faintest sprinkling of fresh thyme and vanilla. The aromas introduce a palate altogether more complex, with rich, more-ish, juicy stone fruit, wrapped up in crunchy, refreshing, grapey acidity. Mouth-filling, delicious and succulent.