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2017
Intellego
'The Pink Moustache'
Swartland

2017
Intellego
'The Pink Moustache'
Swartland

Once referred to as a “panty remover” (no, we don't know the details!), this vibrant Syrah and Cinsaut is fun in its purist form.

The grapes were carefully sourced from two bush vine sites in the Swartland. The Syrah vines were planted in 2001 in oakleaf soil with ferricrete as the top layer. The ferricrete sedimentary rock is renowned for higher levels of iron and good water retention beneficial for dry land farmed conditions. Syrah flourishes in this type of environment. The Cinsault vines were planted in 1988 on a sandy site not far from the Syrah.

The varieties were handpicked and vinified separately. The Syrah grapes were whole bunch pressed and fermented in old french oak barrels. The Cinsaut was whole bunch fermented for 3 days and fermentation continued in old french oak barrels after pressing.

Due to the short ferments on the skins the wine is very light and bright in color. It is buzzing with awesome flavors due to the profile of the Cinsaut and the lovely structure from the Syrah. The result is an almost flirty red blend that is just buzzing with flavor! Perfect summer red.

  • Region: Swartland
  • Varietal: 75% Syrah ~ 25% Cinsaut
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Vineyard: Two Sites in Swartland
  • Vine Age: 7-40 years old
  • Yield: 2 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Oakleaf & Ferricrete
  • Alcohol: 11.5%
  • Oak: 6 months in 228L barrels
  • Production: 100 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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