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The Tea Leaf, Western Cape 2018

SBO055

Strange Kompanjie Unlimited

A naturally fermented old bush vine brew . ‘Tea Leaf’ hails from the uniqueness of the vineyards where the grapes from these wines grow; amongst South Africa’s native rooibos (red tea) plants that grow wild amongst vines, protected from removal and yet to be successfully cultivated anywhere else in the world.

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What’s this then? SKU is a casual band of happy ferments. A circus tent of the Cape’s stranger grapes and blends.

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Production

Vineyards high above the valley floor on the Piekenierskloof escarpment are home to old blocks of Chenin, Palomino and younger Grenache Blanc vines. In all these blocks the indigenous rooibos tea plant grows wild. Grapes are harvested in the early hours and then a further selection is made by hand at the winery to select the best fruit. The wine is naturally fermented in old wooden barrels and steel, portions of which take up to 10 months to complete. Finally, the wine is gently racked and bottled in South Africa.

Tasting notes

Complex stone fruit nose with notes of crushed granite, slightly saline. The palate has firm, high-key fruit, a gentle, sandy texture and persistence. Ultimately this is a deeply satisfying wine made from a blend of old bush vine Chenin Blanc, Palomino and Grenache Blanc vines in Piekenierskloof and Paarl with each cultivar bringing a unique component to this definitive Cape brew.

Food match

Simply cooked fish dishes, scallops, salt & pepper squid or fishcakes, light seafood pasta, risotto, rich salads and sushi.

Awards

2019 Vintage

Sommelier Wine Awards 2020

Gold

2017 Vintage

The Wine Merchant Top 100 2019

Top 100

Sommelier Wine Awards 2019

Silver

2016 Vintage

Sommelier Wine Awards 2018

Gold

IWSC 2017

Silver

2015 Vintage

IWC 2017

Silver

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