Syrah 70% Grenache 12% Carignan 10% Cinsault 8% The highest percentage of varieties other than Syrah since the first vintage in 2008 resulting in the most “Rhone like” version to me to date. In the 2018 vintage we still had a lot of stress on the vines from the drought so by adding more of the GCC that can generally be harvested earlier than Syrah we could add more fruit and freshness the wine in a natural way without having to acidify and this is also the first Rall Red below 14% alc. Loads of red fruit and spice from nearly 100%whole bunch fermentation on all components. Matured in old french oak for 12 months before being bottled unfixed and highly filtered and further bottle maturation of 12 months before release.
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Gentle giant Donovan Rall is very well travelled as a winemaker, but found his inspiration in the Mediterranean varietals in the Swartland. After graduating with a Viticulture and Oenology degree from Stellenbosch University in 2005 and extensive travels and harvests in other regions, Donovan returned to South Africa in 2007 for a season in the Swartland. Here he worked on his dream of making unique and natural styled wines under his own label, a small batch range “never more than 1000 cases tops” from good fruit from some of the oldest vineyards in Swartland and Stellenbosch. He started with Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Verdelho and Viognier for a white blend, and Syrah, Mouvedre and Grenache for his red blend, but now also make some single varietals. The winemaking is simple, with each parcel allowed to ferment and mature naturally before blending. The wines are full of character and complexity, mark our words these are future classics.