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Kloovenberg Wine Estate, South Africa

Kloovenberg ‘Eight Feet’ Red Blend, Swartland, South Africa

Kloovenberg ‘Eight Feet’ Red Blend, Swartland, South Africa

"The Eight-Foot Journey: A Swartland Symphony"

History and Pedigree:

Rooted in the rich soils of Swartland, South Africa, the Kloovenberg 'Eight Feet' Red Blend is a testament to family heritage and the art of winemaking. Founded in 1956 by the du Toit and De Kock families, Kloovenberg emerged from humble beginnings. With a background in sheep farming and business, the founders embarked on a viticultural journey that would anchor the estate's legacy. The family's commitment, from the patriarchs to the involvement of their children, has fostered a culture of passion and excellence, culminating in the creation of the 'Eight Feet' brand—a homage to the collective effort of the family's four sons in the vineyard and cellar.

Production Highlights:

The 2019 vintage of 'Eight Feet' is a masterful blend of Shiraz (67%), Grenache (17%), Carignan (11%), and Mourvèdre (5%), reflecting the diverse terroir of Swartland. Vineyards range from 7 to 18 years old, with Shiraz trellised and the others grew as high-density bush vines. The grapes are handpicked in the cool of the morning and undergo a meticulous vinification process, including cold soaking, spontaneous fermentation in open fermenters, and extended skin contact. The wine matures in a mix of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 16 months, achieving a perfect balance of fruit, tannin, and oak.

Product Details:

  • Region: Swartland, South Africa
  • Varietal Composition: Shiraz 67%, Grenache 17%, Carignan 11%, Mourvèdre 5%
  • Vinification: Handpicked grapes, cold soak, spontaneous fermentation, oak aging
  • Alcohol: 14.41%
  • Residual Sugar: 3.8 g/L
  • pH: 3.67
  • Total Acid: 5.5 g/L
  • Oak: 16 months in French oak barrels

Sensory Perception:

The 'Eight Feet' Red Blend is a visual and olfactory masterpiece, presenting an intense ruby color that hints at the depth within. Its nose is a complex bouquet of red and black fruits, interwoven with the distinctive fynbos and a subtle spice backdrop. It offers a medium to full-bodied experience on the palate, showcasing concentrated fruit and a robust structure. The maturation in French oak lends it an elegant finish, marrying the vibrant fruit with soft, integrated tannins.

Pairings and Occasions:

This versatile blend is an ideal companion to grilled and roasted beef, hearty stews, mildly spicy dishes, and game, encapsulating the spirit of Swartland's culinary diversity. Whether it's a cozy family dinner or a celebratory gathering, the 'Eight Feet' Red Blend elevates any occasion with its rich heritage and exquisite flavor profile.

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