Savage Thief in the Night 2022


Thief in the Night displays the purity and power of Grenache. Cherries, bramble, herbs and subtle spice with a savoury tension and firm chalky tannins. This 2022 is what we expect of the vineyard with a touch more texture and grip, a wine that will develop well over the next 10 years.

ANALYSIS: Alc 13.8% Vol | RS 2.8 g/l | pH 3.75 | TA 4.5 g/l

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The Salt River cellar operation has grown somewhat and they remain firmly entrenched in the heart of Cape Town. New development comes in the form of their investment in viticulture. They continue to oversee all of their vineyards focussing on the replanting of dead vines, extensive mulching, sustainable farming and attention to detail in general. The most exciting project is coming in the form of an extreme 1ha Syrah planting in Stellenbosch, which is one of the steepest and lowest solar radiation sites in the Western Cape. While challenging, these new projects have the potential to produce some of SA’s most exciting wines, and we have a few in the pipeline.

Dry farmed bush vines grown on sandstone soils at 704m above sea level. Days are extreme, nights are cool and Grenache is very happy there. They have worked with this site since 2011, canopies are more open these days as they look for more filtered light but the vineyard continues to deliver.

Grapes are meticulously sorted in the winery as whole bunches, roughly 10% is excluded from year to year. Spontaneous fermentation takes place in a combination of conical foudre and open top fermenters with 20% of the fruit being retained as whole bunches. After 2 weeks on skins the fermented grapes are basket pressed followed by 10 months in foudre and older 500L barrels.

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