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2016
Intellego
'Kedungu'
Swartland

2016
Intellego
'Kedungu'
Swartland

Inspired by an epic surfing trip while having loads of fun, still with a “babbelas”, this wine was born as a combination of different characters from the Swartland terroir and its diverse micro climate.

The vines were established between 1980’s and 2000 on different rootstocks due to the various soil profiles. They are all untrellised and dry farmed. The blend consists of Syrah/Cinsaut/Mourvedre (50/45/5) and every vintage component differs due to the growing conditions that change every season.

Syrah, the backbone of this blend, contributes to the structure and freshness of the wine. Cinsaut adds a lovely mid palate and vibrance with loads of red fruits. The Mourvedre provides tannin structure and depth as well as darker fruit.

The three components were fermented separately and entirely whole bunch in a closed fermentor (carbonically). The Syrah spent 14 days on skins while the other two parcels underwent a short ferment for roughly a week. The lots were blended and pressed together directly to neutral 225L and 500L French barrels where they rested for nine months before being bottled with a small addition of sulfur.

  • Region: Swartland
  • Varietal: 50% Syrah - 45% Cinsault - 5% Mourvedre
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Vine Age: 20-40 years old
  • Soil Type: Quartzitic clay, oakleaf and ferricrete
  • Alcohol: 11%
  • Oak: 9-10 months in old French oak
  • Production: 150 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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