#228 Domaine des Dieux Sangiovese 2016
🔬 The grapes were cooled in the cool store overnight at 10 C. The following day the grapes were crushed and de-stemmed, with a small dose of sulphur added to inhibit yeast growth. After 3 days of cold soak the mash was inoculated with yeast to start fermentation. Pumpovers were performed daily, and fermentation temperature was kept between 25-28 C to allow steady ferment and keeping the primary fruit intact. After fermentation finished the wine was left on the skins for a week before pressing.
The wine was then taken to older French oak barrels to mature for 18 months before final filtration and bottling.
VIDEO CONTENTS INDEX:
00:00 – INTRO
00:42 – WHAT DOES THE DOMAINE DES DIEUX SANGIOVESE 2016 SMELL AND TASTE LIKE
02:10 – HOW DID SANGIOVESE COME TO BE IN AFRICA?
04:32 – THE SHIFTING TASTE OF SANGIOVESE
05:25 – NEW CLONES AND NEW STYLES OF SANGIOVESE
06:13 – WHAT IS EPIGENETIC EXPRESSION?
Built for the Long Haul
Domaine de Dieux is a small producer located in the Hemel-en-Aarde region of the Cape Winelands, owned by business partners Sharon Parnell and Peter Clarke. They bought the farm in 2002, with the goal of becoming the first MCC producer in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, which they achieved in 2010, when they released the maiden bottling of the Claudia Brut MCC, which spent a total of 3.5 years on lees. This lengthy cellar maturation has become a hallmark of their wine production, which in some part explains why the 2016 vintage of their estate Sangiovese is only released in 2022.
Unlike Hemel-en-Aarde neighbours, La Vierge (who produce a supremely light and focused Pinot-like Sangio), Domaine des Dieux have adopted a far more serious “Riserva”-style expression, which even 6 years after release boasts impressive structure, and a fruit expression that is still quite tight, seemingly prepared to wait a good few years before unfurling.
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👃🏼 The nose is moody as all heck, with aromas of spicy cedar wood, hints of game meat, dried sage, a sort of pot pourri, but also red currants and some baked cherry pie crust
👄 med bodied, firm tannins, lovely red fruit, sour cherry, red plum, pomegranate, and hints of sweeter strawberry preserve. Grippy red cherry skin tannins on the moderate finish.
Tail could be longer, but nose is delightful, and fruit is quite vivid.
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