The name is taken from the Bon Iver song ‘Holocene’. A blend of 50% Carignan, 43% Mourvèdre, 7% Cinsaut from multiple soil types (Granite, Koffieklip, Clay). Whole-bunch fermented with a long maceration (9-10 weeks) and then aged in foudre for a further 10 months. Edgy stuff.
Stompie is moving away from Syrah and Cinsaut for his reds, citing the greater suitability of Mourvedre and Carignan especially as the chief reason.
Christian Eedes, Winemag:
“The nose has a gamey top note before red and black berries, pepper and spice while the palate is lean with sour, almost puckering acidity and powdery tannins. This will please the geeks but may be too extreme for more conservative tastes.