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Joostenberg Estate ‘Small Batch Collection #21’ Mourvedre 2017

R195.00

The Joostenberg Small Batch wines are made in minuscule quantities and as Tyrell Myburgh explains they: “allow [Joostenberg] to explore various winemaking techniques, grape varietals and vineyards. Sometimes it’s about pushing the winemaking boundaries a bit (the revolutionary process) and sometimes it’s all about figuring out the best way to capture the pure essence of a specific vineyard”.

Very occasionally we get access to these wines. We are very excited here at Ex Animo to have some of the Joostenberg Small Batch Collection #21 Mourvèdre 2017 to sell. Only 636 bottles were produced.

Christian Eedes (winemag.co.za): “The most recent single-variety example I’ve come across is the Small Batch Collection No. 21 Mourvèdre 2017 from Joostenberg in Paarl and again it’s smart. From a 17-year-old vineyard farmed organically, winemaking involved 30% whole-bunch fermentation before maturation lasting 10 months in a single, previously used 500-litre barrel.

The nose initially shows dark berries, a slight meatiness, earth and spice but notes of red berries and dried herbs emerge with time in the glass. The palate, meanwhile, has good depth of fruit before a finish that’s long and dry. It’s a wine that’s not slight but equally does not come across as sweet or hot – it carries its 14.5% alcohol well. It’s also no longer totally primary but should drink well for a few more years even so.

CE’s rating: 92/100.”

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Tyrrel & Anette Myburgh Tyrrel and Anette are the 5th generation of Myburghs on the Joostenberg farm in Paarl. They strongly believe in the fundamental importance of origin. This manifests itself in the vineyards by farming organically and often without irrigation. The winemaking philosophy avoids obtrusion as much as they deem is possible without compromising quality.

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