PERSONAL NOTE: We change the label every year to best suit the feeling I think the wine is giving. The photo for the 2017 vintage was taken by me (Craig) on a trip Carla and I made to the Northern Cape Province near Namibia. The image is of a Sociable Weavers nest. The nest can house up to 300 birds at a time and be decades old. We loved the birds and the nest and thought this was a very good label pairing for our latest Cortez vintage: because our wines respect all types of birds nests.
VIGNERON: Craig & Carla Hawkins
CELLAR LOCATION Bandits Kloof, Eendekuil, Piketberg, Swartland
TERROIR: (type of soil, exposition, altitude, Area), Decomposed Granite, North facing, 200m above sea level, from the Paardeberg.
VITICULTURE: Planted in 1972, dryland bush vine (un-trellised), farmed organically. The vineyard is a special one as it has been farmed organically since 2001 and every year, good or bad, gives a tension we sometimes don’t find in our other wines (as much). This I think is due to the high percentage of quartz/silica in the soil.
SUSTAINABLE/ORGANIC/BIODYNAMIC – Organic
GRAPES: 100% Chenin Blanc
YIELDS (hectolitre per hectare): 25-30hl/ha
VINIFICATION: Hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. Fermented/Aged in 4 x 500l old French Foudre and a single 1500l stainless steel tank for 6 months then blended together and placed back into wood and stainless steel. No yeast (or other) inoculation or additives apart from a small amount of SO2 shortly before bottling. Ambient fermentation (the juice/ wine is not cooled). 100% malolactic fermentation. Not filtered or fined.
TECHNICAL: Alc 12.43% TA 5.67g/l pH 3.42 RS 1.63g/l VA 0.45g/l fSO2 10ppm tSO2 26ppm