As the name conveys, the Essay wines are unconventional blends of varieites that we feel do best in the unirrigated vineyards of the Swartland region.
Essay white – unirrigated, old, bush-vine chenin blanc was used as the anchor of this wine and gives it its intense fruitness and refreshing acidity. The viognier adds some floral and spice notes and a soft, appealing richness to the palate.
Essay red – Old-vine Shiraz and cinsaut are the base of this wine. We have intentionally made a softer, fruitier style to lend the wine extra drinkability and to match a wider range of food. Juicy red-berry fruit flavors are backed by a soft palate and accessible tannins. A portion of viognier was co-fermented with the shiraz to contribute softness to the palate and some floral notes to the aroma.