Confessions of a White Glove Chaser 2021In short, 60% Cabernet franc with 40% Cabernet Sauvignon - all from the lower false bay slopes of the Helderberg The Story
For a start, you have to realise that at the time (2013) I didn't have a budget for a vineyard consultant. So I was forced to be creative. Strategic vineyard-site selection is where all wine begins. I was mostly focussed on many unusual varietals of which there were very little on offer, so in a way it made it easy to choose a site. You take what you can get.
But I wanted to start making Bordeaux - stuff like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. The Helderberg has many plantings but I didn’t have a clue how to separate the chaff from the wheat. And no money to pay someone to do it for me.
So this one particular day I was driving past a vineyard and saw something strange: the picking team was wearing white surgical gloves! I pulled off the road and asked the pickers who they were picking for. At the time there were rumours going round about these guys and I knew that they were spending obscene amounts of cash on local and international consultants in areas like viticulture and soil science - basically terroir fundi's. Their ultimate goal: to sift through the huge amount of Bordeaux vineyards on offer to pick only the very best. So I asked the farmer if I could buy the grapes as close as possible to the piece going to the White Gloves.
This is my confession about how I started chasing the White Gloves. Where they bought, I bought as close to them as possible. Sometimes right next to them. It was that simple. My creative low-budget strategy.
The label: I traced the shape of my (at the time) 8-year-old son's hand and using linography, created the image for the label. The wine, like all my wines: made, hand bottled and hand labeled - by the colourful people of South AfricaTechnical InformationCultivar: Cabernet Franc (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon (40%)Vintage: 2021Region: Stellenbosch
Amount of Bottles Produced: 3279
Vineyard: The vineyards grow on the same farm - the foothills of the Helderberg - overlooking False bay. 100m above sea-level on a SW facing slope.
Winemaking: The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness and cooled overnight to 4 degrees celsius. The next morning the grapes were destemmed to open top fermenters. The juice underwent spontaneous fermentation and stayed on the skins for as long as possible. Pressed into French oak small barrels, 25% new, 18 months in barrel, blended and bottled.
Alcoholic Strenght: 14.5%/volAcidity: 5.44g/lPH: 3.6Reducing Sugar: 1.38g/lFree SO2: 36mg/lTotal SO2: 96mg/lVolatile Acidity: 0.78g/lClosure: Natural CorkVegan: YesVoice recordingHow to order
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