Wildeberg’s rationale is to source the finest vineyards available to us across Franschhoek and the Coastal Region, from which cuvées the eyes are plucked to make Wildeberg and the Terroir Series releases. In doing so there remains a small yet definitive expression of all the vineyards we worked with, and its these cuvees that are again selected to go into Coterie by Wildeberg. All fruit is hand-harvested in February from selected sites in Franschhoek and Paarl. Both cultivars are fermented whole bunch, with some whole berry fruit, there is no crush, just a daily pump over during the natural fermentation. We want to express place over cultivar so this slow, gentle extraction gives wines truer of origin than winery. The components are racked to French and Austrian oak, new and old, for 8 months before the blend is decided. This blend is then allowed to marry for 6 weeks prior to coarse filtration and bottling on the farm.
A warm, spicy nose with notes of freshly cracked black pepper, allspice and ripe plum. Good concentration of red berry and dark fruits are balanced by fresh acidity. The varietal characters of each cultivar complement each other well in this exotic, aromatic Coastal Region compote.
Grilled meats, especially lamb and spiced meat dishes.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2023