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Joostenberg Estate ‘Family Blend’ 2021


Syrah 83%, Mourvédre 13%, Touriga Nacional 4%.

Syrah is particularly well-suited to Joostenberg and this is one of several wines in which it plays a significant role. Mourvédre plays a very important supporting role in this vintage. Vine age varies from 5 to 21 years.

Bright, ripe fruit and dark spice leap out of the glass. An excellent balance between freshness and richness. Juicy plum and red berry flavours with a touch of pepper and earth. Very charming.

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Situated almost equidistant between Simonsberg, Paardeberg, Paarl Mountain, and Durbanville, Joostenberg has a unique combination of climactic conditions and soil types. The Myburgh family believe the best way to express this singular terroir is to farm organically and sustainably, which they have done for two decades.

Organic viticulture centres around the promotion of healthy, fertile soil by advocating responsible soil cultivation methods and strengtheners of natural origin, with the aim of improving the resistance of the vines. This means no herbicides, pesticides, or fertilisers, thus a less interrupted interpretation of terroir.

This tells only part of the story though, as high-quality fruit is just the start. Without thoughtful, skilled vinification, quality of grapes does not necessarily guarantee quality of wine.

The winemaking regime at Joostenberg has evolved considerably since Ex Animo has been working with them. Tyrrel is picking earlier to keep natural acidity (afforded to him by healthier soils), less aggressive extraction during ferments, using less transformative elevage vessels (he is using concrete eggs and terracotta dolium more and more), and bottling sooner.

This all results in wines that are more nuanced, detailed and altogether finer than in the past. Partnered with a new vision for the labels, these wines have a bright future.





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