Cape Chamonix Greywacke Pinotage has a deep garnet red colour with tinges of dark violet when young. The bouquet is complex with scents recalling wild berries, spice and cherries. On the palate the wine shows full body and rich dark chocolate with fruit flavours, balanced elegantly by tannins, with a long and lingering finish that reveals a sweetness reminiscent of liquorice.
Whole bunches are hand-selected on sorting tables and fermented in stainless steel tanks (carbonic maceration) for 10 days on the skins. The repasso technique is used were partly dried grapes are added whole for a second fermentation for 10 days on the skins. After malolactic fermentation the wine is matured for 18 months in 228ℓ French oak barrels with 30% new wood. The name Greywacke comes from the type of soil found in the Pinotage vineyard.
Steeped in history and boasting some of the highest planted vineyards in the Cape, Chamonix is set amongst 300 hectares of pristine natural beauty on the Eastern slopes of the Franschhoek mountains, it is all about the passion of place: a real honest desire to express the beauty we find ourselves in daily.
All the fruit is hand-selected, and they follow traditional methods such as making use of spontaneous fermentation and no acidification. Organic compost and mulch are ploughed back into the soil, while their use of green-harvesting (low yields per hectare) ensures that the vineyards are not over-produced. Their philosophy of working hand-in-hand with nature to create unique wines and spirits carries through into the cellar, where the small, hands-on team approach their work with passion and creativity. The end result is a product that is pure, natural and made to be enjoyed.