2022 Olifantsberg Roussanne
The Olifabntsberg Rousanne is a wine that captures the imagination and embodies the belief that this special place can produce wines with a very individual expression of this beautiful variety. The Roussanne is grown at a high density (7500/ha) on clay-shale-rich soils with a high content of quartz rock. The density creates competition, which forces the plants to root deeper. The vineyards are planted at altitudes ranging from 300 to 480 meters above sea level located on the slope of the Olifantsberg. They pick at different levels of ripeness to get the full range of flavor profiles that Roussanne can give. The grapes are pressed whole bunch for a gentle extraction. Sap is settled overnight in stainless steel tanks. During racking, enough fine lees are added to the clear juice to provide sufficient texture in the finished wine. Natural fermentation further increases the complexity. A combination of 300 and 500 liter barrels of used oak is used
The Olifantsberg saw its first light with the 2020 vintage, so this is the 2nd vintage. We smell soft white floral aromas followed by an aromatic mix of coriander, ginger and sweet complexity. Nicely balanced acidity in combination with the creamy structure. The first vintage immediately received 94 points - Tim Atkin 2021 and 4.5 stars in Platter's South African wine guide 2022
FACT: In the Tab: Appendix you will find the official fact sheet of this beautiful wine. We will send it to you automatically when you order this wine. The wine is in our conditioned Wine Warehouse and if you pick up the wine you will also receive a nice discount. You will see your discount immediately when you choose Collect in the Checkout page. We are almost next to the Rijksweg with plenty of parking. Click here for our address.
ABOUT ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN
Olifantsberg Family Vineyards is less than an hour's drive from Cape Town, in the middle of South Africa's Breedekloof wine region. This small, five-hectare wine estate has been owned by the Dutch Leeuwerik family since 2003. The Olifantsberg vineyards are located on the slopes of the Brandwacht Mountains. Thanks to the high location and the almost constantly blowing wind, there is a cool microclimate. Ideal conditions for the production of top quality grapes! The vineyard is worked with respect for nature. The vines are organically fertilized and the yield in the vineyard is deliberately kept low. All this with the aim of harvesting optimally ripe, healthy and concentrated grapes of high quality. After the manual harvest, these grapes are taken to the newly built vinification cellar. Here too, winemaker Elizma Visser lets nature do its work. After crushing the grapes, a traditional skin soaking follows and the grapes are fermented. After this, they are matured in oak barrels, about a third of which are renewed annually. Olifantsberg wines are therefore perfectly balanced with beautifully dosed oak in aroma and taste.
Olifantsberg Family Vineyards is less than an hour's drive from Cape Town, in the heart of the Breedekloof wine region in South Africa. This small, 5 hectare winery has been in the hands of the Dutch Leeuwerik family since 2003. The Olifantsberg vineyards lie on the slopes of the Brandwacht Mountains. Thanks to the high altitude and the almost constant blowing wind, there is a cool microclimate.
Ideal conditions for the production of top quality grapes! The vineyard works with respect for nature. The vines are organically fertilized and the yield in the vineyard is deliberately kept low. All this with the aim of harvesting optimally ripe, healthy and concentrated grapes of high quality. After the manual harvest, these grapes are brought to the newly built vinification cellar. Here too, winemaker Elizma Visser lets nature do its job. After crushing the grapes, a traditional peel maceration follows and the grapes are fermented. After this they are aged in oak barrels, of which approximately one third is renewed annually. The Olifantsberg wines are therefore perfectly balanced with beautifully dosed oak in aroma and taste.
The fact that we are talking about a great winery here is evident from the fact that their wines receive very favorable reviews. The Silhouette won gold in 2015 at the most prestigious wine competition in South Africa, namely The OLD MUTUAL TROPHY WINE SHOW and won the 1st prize for Best Shiraz-based blend and received no less than 94/100 points. This is very special for a young winery such as Olifantsberg. In addition to the focus on quality, low yields and passion, it certainly plays a role that these wines receive these high ratings. In contrast to, for example, Stellenbosch, which is on the other side of the gorge, this is the Breedekloof an almost Priorat-like terroir with a lot of slate. This explains the beautiful mineral tones in the Olifantsberg wines.
|Type of Wine
|Drinking as of
|Aromatic, Floral, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Rich, Round, Full, White fruit
|Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard