The Carignan grapes were picked from Bassons’ bushvine vineyards in the Swartland side of the Perdeberg Mountain. It is the oldest Carignan vineyard in the country, planted in 1972. The vines grow on Malmesbury shale soils, which provide elegance to the grapes and sheer complexity to the final wine.
The grapes were hand harvested at 24 °B, destalked, hand sorted and lightly crushed. Next, the grapes were fermented in a stainless steel tank with regular pump overs. The wine completed malolactic fermentation in 2nd and 3rd fill French barrels, with further maturation for 20 months. Only the best barrels were selected, lightly filtered and bottled.