ABOUT THIS WINE
This wine hails from two sites in the Swartland, gnarly, bush vines on gentle sloping granitic, sandy soils. These soils serve as the life force for the wine and are predominantly between 20-30-years-old. A cool, controlled fermentation occurred in stainless steel and was left on its gross lees for six months. Malolactic fermentation was blocked to maintain freshness and acidity. Intense aromatics, powerful flavors and bright acidity are the hallmarks of this wine.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
Storm Point wines are made by winemaker, Mick Craven of Craven Wines. Mick explored vineyards of the Western Cape searching for sites speaking to the soul of the region. Storm Point aims to define the core of South African wines: purity, texture and concentrated elegance.
The mid-15th century marked the beginning of the age of exploration. Seafaring expeditions in search of riches of the East and West ignited a battle of ‘first claims.’ In 1499, four ships set sail from Portugal with Vasco de Gama leading this voyage. As the armada reached the Cape, violent storms appeared and de Gama claimed that “an immense shape materialized in the night air, grotesque and enormous stature with heavy jowls, and an unkempt beard.” Two ships and more than half of his men were lost at this point and de Gama cried out to this mythological being, stated his intentions and asked permission to pass. The giant vanished, the storms receded and a clear path of passage appeared. It is believed that this being, known as the Adamastor, continues to protect the Cape from the unwanted. The Adamastor represents the perilous dangers that explorers have faced trying to abide in an area not wishing to be tamed. The Portuguese aptly named this southerly point - Cabo das Tormentas - or “Cape of Storms.”
Fast forward more than 400 years later and this wild frontier continues to amaze and implore understanding. Winemakers from around the world have flocked to South Africa for its old vines, untapped potential and immense opportunity. One such person is Australian winemaker Mick Craven of Craven Wines. Mick explored vineyards of the Western Cape searching for sites speaking to the soul of this incredible region. Storm Point represents the ideal that good things come to those who wait. It was 400 years in the making and the right formula of timing, people and nature helped to create wines meant for all. Wines that define the core of South African wines: Purity, texture and concentrated elegance.
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