Wightman & Sons The Hedge 2018
Red | Ready, but will keep | Môrelig Vineyards | 2018 | South Africa > Western Cape > Swartland | Syrah (75%), Carignan (13%), Cinsaut (12%) | Full Bodied, Dry | 13% abv
The Môrelig farm (the name means "morning light") has long grown and supplied grapes for some of the Swartland's most celebrated winemakers but encouraged by these neighbours, Andrew Wightman and more recently joined by his son Brandon began making wine of their own as members of the Swartland Independent movement.
From the outset Andrew’s wines have been made intuitively and naturally, respecting the unique gifts bestowed by some of the finest old vines in the Swartland.
The Hedge is a red "Rhône-style" blend made in one large French oak foudre. The Cinsaut comes from clay soils, while the Syrah and Carignan are from decomposed granite soils. Slight differences in winemaking, with the Cinsaut and Carignan undergoing a semi-carbonic fermentation on skins for 5 and 10 days respectively. This is more muscular than the others from Môrelig but still has a subtle tannin structure and lifted red berry fruits on the nose, carrying through to dark, meaty, imposing flavours on the palate. It lingers a long time, and is a prime partner to heavier meat dishes.