#208 Baleia Vinho Rochas 2021
🔬 – Wine of Origin Cape South Coast (but really it’s from the Lower Duiwenhoks River). The blend is comprised of 59% Tempranillo, 35% Syrah, 6% Pinot Noir. Matured in a mix of old foudre and clay amphorae.
2023 UPDATE: Cool kids are catching on
In our video, made in 2022, we discuss how Baleia was an isolated little estate about 300km from Cape Town, and how Gunther Schulz and the team were putting their isolation to good use by delivering some insane wines out of the unique terroir…
BUT that has all changed, as some really exciting winemakers are exploring the fascinating terroir of the region; not least of all the award-winning winemaker, Trizanne Barnard, who makes an incredible Chardonnay (wine of Origin Lower Duiwenhoksrivier) and the exciting single-site Chardonnay specialists Atlas Swift.
The frontier now moves Eastward towards regions like Stilbaai and the Goukou River valley where things are really heating up. WATCH THIS SPACE!
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The Vinho Rochas is a particularly unusual red blend, but the more you get to know the estate, the more obvious it becomes why it works so well. Winemaker Gunther Schulz seems to be coming into his own right now, and I look forward to showcasing more of his wines in the future. But for now…the Vinho Rochas 2021!
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Three very different South African Tempranillos
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#180 De Krans Tinta Roriz 2019
#131 Baleia Tempranillo 2018