National Wine Challenge 2019 double gold and double silver.
Welgegund Heritage Wines Grenache Noir 2017 – Double Gold.
This wine is produced from a high-altitude west-facing dryland bush vine vineyard planted in 2006. 50% of the wine was aged unoaked, to retain fresh fruity aromas, with the balance aged for 14 months in 3rd and 4th-fill French oak barrels.
The Grenache Noir is bright and exuberant with light violet hues, the nose displays an abundance of blackberry and raspberry aromas with some subtle floral notes. The palate is soft, lean and refined, showing dark fruit, chocolate and black forest cake with a hint of cloves, powdery well-integrated tannins and a balanced, seductive round finish.
“Grenache Noir are normally destined for blending but when I saw the exceptional quality of this variety in barrel, I just knew that I had to do single cultivar bottling of this top niche variety and show this wine to the world.” By Friedrich Kuhne, wine maker
Welgegund Heritage Wines Cinsault 2017– Double Silver.
This wine is produced from 44-year old southwest-facing dryland bush vines planted in 1974 with an extremely low yield of 1.2 tons per hectare. 20% of the Cinsault was fermented whole-bunch, with 80% de-stemmed. A large portion of the wine (80%) was aged unoaked, to retain fresh fruity aromas, with the balance aged for 14 months in 3rd and 4th-fill French oak.
Heritage vineyards produce wines with a distinctive character that has developed over decades including denser texture and structure, complexity, concentration and earthy flavour compounds rather than aromas and fruity flavours. Age in vines brings an intensity, a perceived freshness and a sense of place.
“The immense drought of the 2016/2017 season had created smaller Cinsault berries bringing lovely colour and intense concentration to the wine, with a wealth of fruit, richness, texture and depth of flavour. I wanted to showcase the ample fruit and aromas unique to Cinsault.” By Friedrich Kuhne, wine maker