Bonfire Hill Red is an intriguing blend of grapes from Extreme Vineyards produces an attractive Syrah based, juicy red wine. Spicy summer fruit aromas lead you into an appealing palate of blackcurrant and raspberry fruit with a touch of spice. Bonfire Hill Red is a rich and opulent red, but it has a smoothness and freshness which makes it very approachable. With well integrated ripe and slightly creamy tannins this is a well-balanced wine with great length. It displays a touch of toasty oak from its 3 months in mostly French oak barrels.
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The grapes are harvested from a collective of “Extreme Vineyards” from Drift Farm in the Overberg Highlands (in Elim) where it is generally windy all year round, very cold in Winter, cool in Summer and here the grapes grow slowly with lower yields. In contrast, the Leewenkuil Family Vineyards in Swartland are hot and arid but produce grapes of great concentration. Highly respected and experienced winemaker, Trizanne Barnard seeks out grapes from the 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.
“Really pretty nose of blueberries and orange peel. Medium body, fine tannins and a fruity finish. 91 Points; James Suckling”
Food match: Brilliant with Roasts, Grills and up-market BBQs!