In the vineyards
The wine is made from the second oldest registered red wine vineyard in the country, planted in 1932 by Koos Lötter on his farm in Franschhoek. These old bush vines are dryland farmed and produce really exceptional fruit. The soils are decomposed granite with underlying sandstone, which gives this wine its elegance and finesse. This vineyard ripens very late and due to the really cool weather they had during the 2021 harvest, the fruit took even longer to ripen fully. These were the last grapes to go into the cellar for the year.
In the cellar
The grapes were 100% de-stemmed before crushing. All grapes were left to ferment naturally with one punch down performed daily. The wines underwent malolactic fermentation in concrete diamond cube. The wine was racked once after malolactic fermentation and returned to the concrete cube for 10 months before bottling. No enzymes or commercial yeasts were used in making the wines.
This is a beautiful Cinsaut that really showcases another level of elegance and finesse. There is a stunning purity of fruit in this wine, showcasing a range a red berries, the fine textured tannins and beautiful floral aromas make for a very pleasurable and nuanced experience. It conjures images of beautiful butterflies in a glass.
ANALYSIS: ALC 12.5% | pH 3.49 | TA 4.8 g/L
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“We named the wine after Koos Lötter, who planted this beautiful vineyard in 1932. On the label there are pictures of plums and peaches, which are widely planted on the farm. There’s also an image of a father teaching his son how to plant young vines, showcasing skills and experiences being passed on to the next generation. On the top right corner there is a diagram of a concrete tank which we use to age this beautiful wine in and shows the movement of the lees through the design of these tanks. The Fleur de Lis sign in the background symbolises the origin of the wine in Franschhoek, home to French Huguenots who played a big role in the history of South African wine.” – Lukas Van Loggerenberg