In The Vineyard
The grapes for the Piekenierskloof Straw Wine comes from a Muscat de Frontignan vineyard that was planted in 1962. These vines are all bush vine trained and grow on clay -loam soils. The vineyards are meticulously farmed and managed to yield below 2 tons per hectare. The grapes were hand harvested into small lug boxes in March 2017.
Grapes were handpicked very early in the morning allowing the fruit to retain their natural flavour. After picking the grapes were laid out on drying racks on a bed of straw for two weeks. The whole bunches were then pressed very slowly to release a very concentrated juice. Only the free run juice was used, allowed to settle slightly and inoculated with selected yeast strain for a slow fermentation. The wine matured in used 500L French oak barrels for 12 months
The nose is concentrated with notes of peach and dried apricot, a touch of spice and honey suckle. On the palate it is rich and full with a well balanced acidity and creamy texture that developed during barrel maturation.