Dewaldt Heyns, Shiraz ‘Weathered Hands’ 2018

£29.50 (75cl)

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Sourced from 20 yr old dry-land bush vines, grown on deep weathered granite soils with coarse gravel. Berries gently crushed into satellite tank & deposited in an open fermenter. 10% left whole bunch. Cold soak of 4 days at 9°C. Tank then heated to 18°C and allowed to start fermentation naturally. After 2/3 of fermentation completed the tanks inoculated with selected yeast. Fermentation temperature allowed to peak at 28°C. Fermenting cap manually punched down 5 times daily. After fermentation, the wine is left on skins for another 2 weeks before being pressed into 70% new Allier French oak barrels. The press fraction was kept separate. Malolactic fermentation completed in barrels. Wine left on lees for 10 mths, racked, blended & returned to barrel. After 20 months in barrel, the wine is racked, lightly filtered prior to bottling.

Tasting note

A very limited volume wine made from low-yielding dry-land bush vines. It has a deep, dark purple colour with succulent ripe fruit flavours, both dark and red, which are supported by scents of violets and delicate spice. The mouth-feel has depth and clarity of fruit with integrated oak flavours, finely crafted tannins and a beautifully layered fruit-infused finish.

About the producer

Dewaldt Heyns, one of the most talented South African winemakers, has achieved his lifelong dream of making wines from the tiny parcel of ancient vines in his father’s 1.1ha vineyards in Paardeberg Valley, Swartland. Inspired by his time spent learning his craft in the Rhône, it is clear to see its ‘Old World’ influence on his wines, especially his Shiraz ‘Weathered Hands’. After graduating from Elsenburg, he began work at Rust en Vrede with Kevin Arnold who, he says, played a significant role in the way he regards wine. Then followed a period at the newly established Avondale, where he made their maiden vintage, before he joined Saronsberg at its inception in 2003.