Welgegund Heritage Wines Grenache Noir 2017
This wine is produced from high-altitude, west-facing, dryland bush vines planted in 2006. 50% of the wine was aged unoaked, to retain fresh fruity aromas and the balance was aged for 14 months in 3rd and 4th-fill French oak barrels.
The Grenache Noir is bright and exuberant with light violet hues. The nose displays an abundance of blackberry and raspberry aromas with some subtle floral notes. The palate is soft, lean and refined showing dark fruit, chocolate and black forest cake and a hint of cloves. The tannins are powdery and well-integrated with a balanced, seductive round finish.
Limited release: in honour of the establishment of Welgegund, only 1777 individually numbered bottles have been produced.
“Grenache Noir is normally destined for blending but when I saw the exceptional quality of this variety in barrel, I just knew that I had to do single cultivar bottling of this top niche variety and show this wine to the world.” Friedrich Kuhne, wine maker
Welgegund Heritage Wines Cinsault 2017
This wine is produced from 44-year old southwest-facing, dryland bush vines planted in 1974 with an extremely low yield of 1.2 tons per hectare. 20% of the Cinsault was fermented whole-bunch, and 80% was de-stemmed. A large portion of the wine was aged unoaked, to retain fresh fruity aromas and the balance was aged for 14 months in 3rd and 4th-fill French oak.
Heritage vineyards produce distinctive wines that reflect more densely in the glass with greater palate weight, complexity, creaminess, structure and earthy flavour compounds rather than lighter aromas and fruity flavours. Old vines add intensity and a sense of place to the wines they produce.
Limited release: Only 1768 individually numbered bottles have been produced.
“After the severe drought of the 2016/2017 season, the Cinsault vines produced smaller berries of exceptional quality, bringing lovely colour and intense concentration to the wine and adding a wealth of fruit, richness, texture and depth of flavour. I wanted to showcase the ample fruit and aromas unique to Cinsault.” Friedrich Kuhne, wine maker