Storm Point Red Blend 2016

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Tasting Notes

Savory aromatics particularly tree bark, red currants, licorice, and a kiss of smoke. The palate shows notes of black tea, smoke, and tart red berries on a silky frame with medium weight.


The majority of the grapes for this blend are from the Swartland region. Ranging from 15-25 years in age, the vines are mainly grown on granitic soils as well as some shale soils. Grapes were hand harvested towards the end of February and destemmed to tank. Gentle extraction through light pumpovers occurred for a little more than a week with malolactic fermentation occurring in the spring. The wine was matured in both tank (30%) and neutral barrels (70%).


Storm Point Wines is the brain child of Australian winemaker Mick Craven. The name marks the place in which Vasco de Gama leading this voyage lost two ships as they reached the Cape of Good Hope on his way to India in the 15th Century: violent storms appeared and de Gama claimed that “an immense shape materialized in the night air, grotesque and enormous stature with heavy jowls, and an unkempt beard.” It is believed today that this being, known as the Adamastor, continues to protect the Cape from the unwanted. The Adamastor represents the perilous dangers that explorers have faced trying to abide in an area not wishing to be tamed. The Portuguese aptly named this southerly point - Cabo das Tormentas - or “Cape of Storms."


Storm Point represents the ideal that good things come to those who wait. It was 400 years in the making and the right formula of timing, people and nature helped to create wines meant for all. Wines that define the core of South African wines: Purity, texture and concentrated elegance.  



Food Pairing Suggestions

Cheese, Duck, Lamb, Mushrooms, Pizza, Pork, Red Meat, Roasted Root Vegetables, Slow-smoked Barbeque/BBQ Sauce, Tomato Sauce

South Africa
Grape Varietal:
57% Cinsault, 28% Syrah/Shiraz, 15% Carignan
$16.00 each
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