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2017
Thistle & Weed
'Nastergal'
Tempranillo & Alicante Bouschet
Coastal Region

2017
Thistle & Weed
'Nastergal' 
Tempranillo & Alicante Bouschet
Coastal Region

Nastergal is a blend of Tempranillo and Alicante Bouschet; sourced from the slopes of the Helderberg in Stellenbosch and the foothills of Paarl mountain. The Tempranillo, a revered variety originating from the Iberian Peninsula provides backbone and matches well with the rustic Alicante Bouschet. Alicante is a teinturier variety meaning it has red flesh as well as red skin unlike most red varieties which only have red skin. This translates to inky blackness from the moment the grapes enter the winery! It is this unique characteristic of the Alicante grape that inspired the wine to be named Nastergal (Black Nightshade) reminiscent of the dark inky berries of this common weed.

The winemaking is kept modest and straightforward to allow the combination of cultivars and site to express itself. The grapes were sorted, destemmed and fermented naturally in open top fermentors with punch downs (pigeage) every now and again. The grapes were gently pressed and drained to barrels for malolactic fermentation. The Alicante Bouschet and Tempranillo matured in 4th fill 225L French oak barrels 17 months before blending, a light fining and bottling (unfiltered).

Inky black in the glass with notes of violets, plums and black pepper on the nose. Flavors of red fruits, fennel and savory spices meet you on the palate, finishing with robust tannins. While still in its youth, this wine is upfront and daring and will mature well with time in the bottle.

  • Region: Coastal Region
  • Varietal: 54% Tempranillo - 46% Alicante Bouschet
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Vineyard: Single site in Paarl (Tempranillo) - Single site on the slopes of the Helderberg in Stellenbosch (Alicante Bouschet)
  • Vine Age: 12-years-old (Tempranillo) - 20-years-old (Alicante Bouschet)
  • Viticulture: Practicing Organic
  • Soil Type: Decomposed Granite (Paarl) - Oakleaf Deep Red Clay (Alicante Bouschet)
  • TA: 5.1 grams per liter
  • pH: 3.51
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Oak: 17 months in neutral French barrique
  • Production: 100 cases
Winery & Regional Information
PAARL

The Paarl wine region is located in the coastal area of South Africa’s Western Cape - about 65kms north-west of Cape Town. The town of Paarl at the heart of the region, named after the shiny granite mountain in the distance, which early Dutch settlers arriving in 1657 called: 'den Diamont ende Peerlbergh' - 'The Diamond and Pearl Mountain'. Learn More »

THISTLE & WEED

PAARL

Winemaker + Viticulturist generally is an equation resulting in wine. Rarely is it 'compelling' wine and certainly not seen that often in a second vintage.  Viticulturist consultant Etienne Terblanche (AKA Dr. Pinotage) and the utterly talented Stephanie Wiid (day job is running ferments and blending at Fairview).  They have sought out various nooks and crannies given their supreme knowledge of the Cape with a common vision of style and growth. Learn More »

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