BLANKBottle Retirement at 65, 2021, 750ML

SKU: 840060
Region: S.Africa | Darling
Variety: Cinsault | Syrah
Rating: Tim Atkin 93

56% Cinsault 44% Syrah

The 6th vintage of Retirement at 65, the 2021, with Syrah harvested earlier than usual to increase freshness and maintain 12% alcohol level.

Both varietals are planted with bush vine vineyards grow on the slopes of the Darling hills on sandy decomposed granite soil. 204 meters above sea-level.

The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness and cooled overnight to 4¢XC. The next morning the grapes were hand sorted and partially de-stemmed. It fermented in open top fermenters, a combination of de-stemmed grapes and whole bunches. The juice underwent spontaneous fermentation and stayed on the skins for as long as possible.

Aged in older oak for 8 months, blended and bottled.