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Mother Rock ‘Holocene’ 2021


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.

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“Stompie Meyer says he wants to make “energetic, artisanal, fun and creative” wines and he’s succeeding admirably.”
— Christian Eedes, Winemag

“Some of South Africa’s top natural wines”
— Jamie Goode

These are natural wines, with organic farming a foundation of the project. In the cellar, Stompie keeps things very simple: minimal additions—often not even sulphur. He relies on a combination of the quality of the vineyard, organic farming, picking early, and his skill in the winery to produce expressive wines of honesty and heart at ridiculous value.

These wines are some of the edgiest and most delicious being made in South Africa today.

There are vineyards being planted on the new farm that will eventually be used for this label in years to come.





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