RING FENCE RED BLEND 2020 ANALYSIS
This superior quality wine has all the characteristics required for either immediate enjoyment or cellaring. Only 1 000 bottles are available, making this a sought after and highly exclusive wine.
Alcohol: 14.25 %vol
Residual Sugar: 2.7 g/L
Total Acid: 5.5 g/L
Total SO₂: 70 mg/L
RING FENCE 2020 QUICK NOTES
APPEARANCE: This exclusive, top-quality wine lures drinkers in at first glance with its deep ruby colour, long legs, perfect clarity and a hint of garnet.
NOSE: A variety of rich berries are supported by secondary aromas of ripe olives, oak and earthy, dried fruit with subtle, spicy notes of pepper and cloves.
PALATE: A perfect display of complexity and character: the depth of flavour is led by dark berries, sweet spices and subtle oak, with fruity tannins developing seamlessly through the mid-palate, to a long and satisfying finish with a balanced astringency and acidity.
AGEING: Ring Fence is of superior drinking quality right now, but is an ageable wine for years to come.
AGEING: 3 to 5 years, but it can be enjoyed immediately.
The fruit from this wine exclusively comes from a carefully chosen site where the aspect is West with a slope of approximately 10%, thus facing the West Coast and Atlantic Ocean of South Africa.
The summer temperature hovers around 29°C from December to March with a 10°C difference between day and night, and receives good rainfall of approximately 800mm per year.
The soil is of granitic origin, deep and gravelly for the roots to explore the nutrients. It has good drainage, yet excellent water holding capacity that restricts the need for further irrigation in summer, but provides marginal stress.
RING FENCE VINEYARD PRACTICES
We maintain the optimal canopy height with excellent microclimate, avoiding over-exposure of the grapes at all costs while ensuring sufficient foliage to support fruit ripening.
These conditions create concentration, structure and a fine astringency from phenolics, minerality and earthiness due to the fact that the roots penetrate the gravelly structure of the soil, good colour development (anthocyanin profile), because of the day-night difference driven by sea breezes, as well as ample fruitiness from diffused sunlight in the canopy.
We harvest slightly earlier at around 23°Brix to maintain freshness and tannin structure in the wine.
The grapes receive natural airflow for good health and cooling, while we restrict direct radiation to the absolute minimum to maintain acidity, a low pH, slow development of sugar and perfect balance of secondary flavour and taste composition during ripening.