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Dragon Ridge

Case of 6 Dark Star Red Blend 2011 (6 Bottles, R116.50 per Bottle)

Not for sale to persons under the age of 18

Retail: R1,170

R699

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2011 Red blend Hint of smokiness Rounded mouth feel Great gift
Writer's block

Ours is about 3 feet by 3 feet, and on our left is the account's block. The marketing block is down the hall.

We're joking. Obviously.

Ours is at least 5 by 5, and on Wednesdays we're allowed to write in coffee shops to maintain the illusion that we're "successful" and "writerly".

Coming up with a write up for the simple sake of a write up does, however, become difficult when we're staring complete lack of creativity right in the face. But apparently asking management to cancel all the deals for the day isn't a viable fix.

As they so delicately put it, it'd be like a comedian having the option to suddenly cancel a show if they're not feeling up to it. Not on our watch, they said. You'll do a write up whether you like it or not, they said. And be funny, they said.

So here we are, doing a write up and being funny.

About

Dragonridge is a boutique winery which forms part of Fynbos estate. We make wines that express the unique conditions of the Paardeberg and use traditional methods that closely resemble those of the early 1900"s. - natural fermentation, minimal handling, minimal sulphur, very light pressing and no filtration. The vines are all unirrigated bush vines and are farmed organically. No herbicides or pesticides are used.

Product Features:
  • Blend: 25% each Mourvedre, Pinotage, Sangiovese & Shiraz
  • Appellation: Swartland, South Africa
  • Soil: Decomposed granite sands
  • Technical Analysis: 
    • Alcohol 12,12%
    • Total acidity 5,5 g/l
    • pH 3.5
    • Residual sugar 4.0 g/l

Vineyards and Harvest

2011 harvest was characterised by the fire that burned in the mountain for two weeks, destroyed some vines, and covered the grapes with ash a week before harvest. All grapes were washed before crushing. However, we could not get rid of smoke taint and discarded all made wine except for 8 barrels – 2 barrels of each of above varieties. These barrels were changed every 6 months for 5 years, by which time only a faint hint of smokiness remained. The wine was bottled in October 2016.

Tasting Notes

This wine is completely integrated, soft and round with enough acidity to lift the fruit and ameliorate the background hint of smokiness, which also characterises our Mourvedre. On the nose, the red fruit, hint of cranberry and cherry and faint smokiness lead straight into a rounded mouthfeel with all the aromas carried through onto the palate. The wine is very long on the tongue. Enjoy!!

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