The grapes to produce Mourvèdre “Limited Release” Swartland Winery came from a 100% bush vine vineyard. Harvesting took place at optimal phenolic ripeness. Extended cold soaking was applied before a fermentation took place on the skins, with regular pump overs and aeration. The Mourvèdre “Limited Release” Swartland Winery fermentation temperatures were carefully monitored and kept between 24°C and 26°C. An extended skin contact was applied after fermentation was completed in order to fully extract the desired level of colour and to soften the tannins, resulting in a softer mouthfeel.
The Swartland name originates from a description of the indigenous “renosterbos” or rhino bush, which appears to turn black, (“Swart” in Afrikaans), during the summer months. This hot, dry climate has an average temperature range of 25°C to 35°C and an annual rainfall of 450 mm and 600 mm, but the altitude of these vineyards creates a cool oasis in this arid landscape. Minimal intervention and environmentally friendly farming practices are paramount. Sowing cover crops between the vines provides protection from the winter rains and also maintains the valuable mineral content, nutrients and moisture during the hot summers. The soil types vary, but Malmesbury Shale dominates, with small patches of granite and Table Mountain sandstone.
Swartland Winery is located the most exciting wine region in South Africa. Big open skies, arid deserts, the vast flowing landscape, with its unforgiving climate and rugged bush vines, this is wild country, this is Swartland. The contrast with manicured Constantia and oh-so-cool Stellenbosch couldn’t be greater. A new wave of winemakers are making ground-breaking wines from Rhône varietals and it is part of a revolution that has got everybody talking. The Swartland Winery is producing iconic and award winning wines in this fashionable and dynamic region, so we have joined forces with them to create a unique, distinctive and expressive wine range that has been masterfully blended for the UK palate. We think something this good, is definitely worth talking about!