This very old grape variety comes from South West France where it is the base of the famous wines of Madiran. Known from its' high tannins and structure it creates full bodied wines.
Tannat is one of France's oldest grape varieties but unfortunately unknown world wide. It grows vigorous and needs to be strictly controlled on the farm. Once this done, it's the wine is deeply colored, massive tannins and a lot of fruitiness.
The Composition: 100% pure Tannat
The Vintage: 2015
The Region: As all the Mooi Bly wines, the Tannat is grown and made on our farm in Paarl. Lying underneath the Du Toits Kloof pass, the grapes get a nice South Easter wind in the overnight and a lovely evening sun to ripen slowly.
Winemaker: Erik Schouteden
The Vinification: Hand harvested full ripe grapes were carted in small crates to the cellar in the early morning coolness. Sorted, destemmed and crushed, the whole mash was pumped into our open fermenters. After a 24 hours cold soak the yeast was inoculated and plunged every 2 hours to extract maximum flavours. The mash was worked only by hand during the fermentation for 2 weeks. Malolactic was done in stainless steel and then put into 225 litre oak barrels for 16 months.
The Chemestry: Alc: 13% Residual Sugar: 3.3 Total Acidity: 6 PH: 3.74
The Winemakers Notes: On the nose you will, very complex aroma’s like: coffee, Bovril, pine warm and friendly smells. The pallet is as complex: mouthful and balanced, jammy flavours of ripe plumps.
The Optimal Drinkability: Now, but can age for at least another 3 years.
The Food Match: Red meat, venison, roasts, or a nice stew will make the ideal partner for this wine. But, you can enjoy it as well on its own enjoying the fire place on a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon.
The Volume: 887 bottles only