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2015
Intellego
'Kolbroek'
Swartland

2015
Intellego
'Kolbroek'
Swartland

The inspiration for this name comes from a unique breed of pig found in South Africa. The Kolbroek pig is recognized as a traditional and an indigenous breed by the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa. The Slow Food Foundation has also recognized the breed on its "Ark of Taste."

This wine consists of 100% Syrah from 2 different parcels on schist and gravel. The schist block yields approximately 14hl/ha while the gravel block yields 35hl/ha. Since both blocks ripen early, Jurgen is able to pick much earlier than some of his neighbors. Whole bunch fermentation continues for 10-14 days. The wine is then aged in 500L old French oak barrels for 10 additional months. Sulfur is added right before bottling.

The resulting wine lends itself to Hermitage characteristics such as red berries and violets on the nose, spice and a little Swartland earthiness. It has good concentration, bright acidity and firm but not aggressive tannins.

  • Region: Swartland
  • Varietal: 100% Syrah
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Vine Age: 17 years old
  • Soil Type: Schist and Gravel
  • Oak: 10 months in 500L old French oak barrels
  • Production: 400 cases
Winery & Regional Information
SWARTLAND

The Swartland begins roughly 30 miles north of Cape Town and consists of the regions between the towns of Malmesbury in the south, Darling in the west, Piketberg in the north and the Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel in the east. Learn More »

INTELLEGO WINES

SWARTLAND

Intellego Wines started off in 2009 as funds from winemaker/founder, Jurgen Gouws' Russian harvest trip as well as selling second hand barrels getting the project of its feet. Intellego translates “to understand” in Latin and is aptly named as Jurgen is just beginning to understand more than the potential of this incredible region. Gouws is one of Swartland’s young guns, a laidback guy with a surfer’s tan and a wry smile. He currently owns no vineyards and no cellar of his own, but developed his own brand Intellego while working at Lammershoek with Craig 'El Bandito' Hawkins. His wall of old barrels... Learn More »

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