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Joostenberg Estate ‘Philip Albert’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2019


The first Myburgh to farm at Joostenberg was Philipus Albertus Myburgh and 5-generations later his off- spring are still tilling the soil and acting as custodians of this little patch of earth. This is a classically styled Cabernet leaning towards the old world

Grapes were hand-picked and de-stemmed. Fermentation occurred in small open-topped tanks with regular punch-downs. Maturation occurred in small, French-oak “hogsheads” (300L barrels) for a period of 22 months (17% new). 8% Merlot

Christian Eedes, Winemag: “Cranberry, raspberry, fresh herbs and a hint of earth on the nose. Medium bodied with fresh acidity and lightly grippy tannins. Modest – readily approachable but not facile. 90/100.”

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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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