From Pieter: “When it came to the harvest of 2022, we decided to pick the Shiraz component a bit earlier than usual. The result: a wine that turned out to be a bit lighter and more perfumy. It compliments the finer aromas of the Cinsaut and amplifies freshness, adding great length. We were therefore able to add much more Shiraz to the blend than ever before – 44% Shiraz and 56% Cinsaut.” The Syrah comes through beautifully on the nose – a crack of black pepper over gentle sage, clove and herbal notes, with some liquorice and berries too. It’s very nicely structured, with focused tannins, sappy notes and a very long, mouthwatering finish. This wine was made for the first time in the vineyard’s 65th year after years of the farmer battling with birds pecking the grapes resulting in rot, or sheep simply eating everything in sight. When the farmer did have a successful harvest the fruit went to one of the larger local wineries. Having been formally retired from service in its 63rd year, Pieter took his chance and snuck in. Several years careful nursing and recuperation farming, plus bird nets and a better fence and here it is – Retirement @ 65.