Maanschijn, Herbarium Cape Red 2020 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Walker Bay
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Maanschijn_HerbariumCapeRed_750ml_2020
R210

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'I’m perhaps more impressed with the Cape Red – or more grateful, at least, as reds like Maanschijn’s are more rare than whites. Half from pinotage, with mourvèdre and syrah, wholebunch-pressed, nine months in old oak, minimal intervention (natural ferment, no additives, fining or filtration), a light and fresh but sufficiently weighty and vinous 12.5% alcohol. It’s wonderfully easy drinking although with a good grippiness, delightfully dry. Most importantly, its spicy aromatics and structure offer much more character than many of the lighter new-wave reds. It’s not a wine for the ages – it’s for drinking now (though I dare say a few years might bring out more), and for drinking with great pleasure. A good buy.' – Tim James, Winemag.co.za.

'Three varieties make up this Cape Red blend: Pinotage, Mourvèdre and Syrah. The vineyards, all located in the southern, cooler Walker Bay wine district, are surrounded by the rich expanse of the Cape’s fynbos kingdom. The fruit was fermented spontaneously, in whole bunches, for seven to ten days before being pressed to aged French oak. Maturation lasted nine months. The wine was blended and bottled, by hand, without fining or filtration.' – Winemaker
More Information
Alcohol 12.5%
Variety Blend
Blend information Pinotage, Mourvèdre and Syrah
Winemaker Paul Hoogwerf and Doug Mylrea
Body Medium-bodied
Drink to Drink or cellar
Producer information The two winemakers of Maanschijn, Paul Hoogwerf and Doug Mylrea, produce artisanal wines from vineyards in the Walker Bay region. They attended the same high school and university, and later on in life their paths crossed again, leading them to create Maanschijn. The Maanschynkop mountain, located behind their winemaking building, provided the inspiration for their name. They strive to produce low intervention, fresh and uniquely South African wines.
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