Reserve Special Bottling

Reserve Special Bottling

Reserve

Reserve wines are results of experiments that went right. A no holds barred approach, never more than four barrels and only bottled where the results warranted it.

Reserve wines comprise to date about 0.25% of total bottled wine. If all grapes and wine is included, this figure drops to around 0.1%. This was the result of some experimentation with four Chateau Barrels on an extremely good vintage.

Three Hundred and Forty Magnums were produced for sale in 1999. The rest was bottled in 75cl bottles for library purposes and to have fun with. Some of these smaller bottles have averaged R303.00 each at the 2005 Nederburg Auction.

Slaley Packaging

Slaley Packaging

Slaley

All wines bottled under a Slaley label are made with a strong leaning to the classic. In practice this means that the wine is made in a fairly non-reductive fashion, with higher fermentation temperatures and longer macerations. We are looking for maximum extract. Barrel aging is done in French oak and is expensive, (about thirty percent American oak is used in the Shiraz and Pinotage).

The result is wine with less of a fruit forward component, but with higher extraction, which should be of interest to collectors, especially those with cellars or other means of ageing.

Broken Stone Packaging

Broken Stone Packaging

Broken Stone

Broken Stone wines are made reductively with longer gentler fermentations. The fact that these are modern wines is apparent, showing less wood and more fruit. They are ready for drinking off the shelf. See comments below on my Lindsey’s views as to matching wine with food.

Social

Lindsay’s Whimsy is a personal mission. Cape Blends have been a recognized category only since 2003. With due respect to the pricier ones out there, I feel very strongly that this is a genre in which we as producers should be competing most aggressively and we need to make the consumer a part of the process before we start laying down the laws as to what should be in a Cape Blend. Bordeaux has been on the go since Roman times and they only codified restrictions in 1855. Before then it had a wonderful 2000 years in which to compete and find itself. And all the time the consumer was having his say by voting with his pocket. Democracy for the elite if you will.

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