An intriguing blend of grapes from Extreme Vineyards produces the rich and juicy Bonfire HIll Red. Spicy plums and blackcurrant aromas lead you into an appealing palate of blackcurrant, ripe plum and raspberry fruit with a touch of maraschino cherry and spice. This is a rich and opulent red, with well integrated ripe and slightly creamy tannins which make for a very approachable, well-balanced wine with great length. It displays a touch of toasty oak from its 11 months in mostly French oak barrels.
The grapes are harvested from a collective of “Extreme Vineyards” from Drift Farm in the Overberg Highlands, the Leewenkuil Family Vineyards and Cape Point Vineyards. Highly respected and experienced winemaker, Trizanne Barnard seeks out grapes from wind-ravaged vineyards in Elim, the Overberg Highlands, 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.
Some varieties are vinified separately, other co-fermented, mostly in open top tanks, and after a long wild, natural fermentation they are aged in 225 litre, mostly French, oak barrels.
The name of this wine (Bonfire Hill) is derived from a winter solstice celebration at Drift Farm, where this wine is made. They celebrate the ancient festival of St John by building a big bonfire and burning any unwanted vegetation from the previous season. A popular new find to our portfolio in 2018.
Food match: Brilliant with Roasts, Grills and up-market BBQs!