Bonfire Hill Extreme Vineyards Red
Bonfire Hill Extreme Vineyards Red is an intriguing, inviting blend of red summer fruits, spring fynbos flowers, Indian spice and just a hint of toasty oak on the nose. The palate is surprisingly decadent, rich, with almost creamy tannins. You’ll find raspberries, blackberries, ripe plum and a hint of pepper, spice and leather on the palate. It is balanced, with just the tiniest prod of refreshing, salty acid, like a playful poke of Neptune’s trident.
Bonfire Hill is a collaborative force making high quality wines amongst some of South Africa’s top producers. Grapes come from a collective of “Extreme Vineyards” at The Drift Farm in Overberg Highlands, the Leeuwenkuil Family Vineyards and Cape Point Vineyards. The grapes are sourced from the wind-ravaged vineyards across Elim and the Overberg, the dryland bush vines in Swartland and the cold high slopes of the Piekernierskloof.
Attention is invested into all vines. Supercharged winemaker Trizanne Barnard then ferments the grapes naturally before the wine undergoes a delicate aging period, using mostly French Oak. The result are wines that are mouth-filling, succulent and delicious!
Winemaker Trizanne Barnard has years of international winemaking experience. Her passion lies in the Western Cape, making wines sourced from the most extreme vineyards and blending them to perfection. Trizanne seeks out grapes from wind-ravaged vineyards in Elim, the old expanses of the Overberg Highlands, from dryland bush vines in the warm Swartland and from the high slopes of the Piekernierskloof. They then all come together under Trizanne’s watchful eye to create wines full of flavour, tannin and texture.
At the Drift Farm, bush fires are treated with the utmost caution and respect as they have first-hand experience of the ferocious destruction wind-driven summer wildfire can cause. At the winter solstice they celebrate the ancient festival of St John by building a big bonfire and burning any unwanted vegetation they have removed the previous year. This ritual is to prepare the way ahead, to transform habits and attitudes so the inner fire of this winery can glow more brightly, bringing courage and warmth to those around them.
Vines on some “extreme” vineyards”: The Drift Farm in Overberg Highlands (38%), where it is very cold in Winter and cool in Summer, vineyards are perched perilously on the slopes of Akkedisberg, pounded by wind. Slow growing and low yield. The Leeuwenkuil Family Vineyards (59%), where it is very hot and arid, and the Cape Point Vineyards (3%)where it is very maritime, with lots of salt coming in on the string winds.
Bonfire Hill Extreme Vineyards Red – Hay Wines
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