The label for Cortez changes every year. In 2023 it features Bruce, the Hawkins’ Boerboel, who unfortunately passed away of a heart problem at the age of 6. RIP Bruce.
Planted in 1972, dry land, bush vine, farmed organically. The vineyard is a special one as it has been farmed organically since 2001 and every year, good or bad, gives a tension we sometimes don’t find in our other wines (as much). This I think is due to the high percentage of quartz/silica in the soil.
Hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. Fermented/Aged in 4 x 500L old French Foudre and a single 1500L stainless steel tank for 6 months then blended together and placed back into wood and stainless steel.