Tempel Wines Oogwink Shiraz 2018
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Tempel Wines is a boutique wine estate on the Berg River in Northern Paarl, South Africa, set against a spectacular backdrop of the Paarl mountains, where the originally Belgian owner Tom Heeremans, has created an oasis for wine lovers in the heart of wine valley. They produce tiny quantities of 5 high-quality, hand-crafted exquisite red wines.
Oogwink is their 100% Shiraz. The Afrikaans name translates to “in the blink of an eye” – sexy & playful, just like this full-bodied red! Matured for 12 months in French oak barrels (20% new oak) and a cement egg.
These Shiraz grapes are grown in the cooler Elgin region which gives this wine a complex nose with spicy undertones of fynbos (a distinctive type of vegetation found only on the southern tip of Africa. It includes a very wide range of plant species, particularly small heather-like trees and shrubs) and white pepper. The palate is fresh and vibrant with blackberry, plum, cherry and raspberry. Also notes of oak, tobacco and chocolate with a great tannic structure and a long finish. Layers of red fruit and spices, with savoury notes in the background, gives you a balanced wine which you will enjoy for several years.
This is an extremely well made, hand-crafted, natural, fine wine. They create their wines using the traditional technique of Grape-treading (also known as pigeage) which is part of the method of maceration used in traditional wine–making, where rather than being crushed in a wine press or by another mechanised method, grapes are repeatedly trampled in open vats by barefoot participants to release their juices and begin fermentation.
The elegant heavy glass bottle, deep punt and the hand dipped wax seal reflect the supremely high, hand-crafted quality of these incredible wines.
Food pairings: Poultry, Beef, Game, hard cheeses like cheddar and even a blue, especially if served with fresh figs. Perfect with a classic South African Braai where it will take almost anything in its stride from marinated lamb to Cape Malay or Cajun-spiced ‘blackened’ fish.
Production Area:Grown in the cooler Elgin region,
Alcohol content: 13% vol
RS: 1.87 grams
Sulphites: Only 24 mg / Litre
Volume Produced: Limited production of only 2723 bottles
|REGION:||Elgin, South Africa|
|SHELF LIFE:||10 Years|
Grapes are harvested by hand. Grape treading in open Vats. Matured for 12 months in French oak barrels (20% new oak) and a cement egg.
The story of TEMPEL WINES derives from the Cape Dutch style cottage on the estate– built in 1784, it was initially known in the community as the Jooden Tempel. In the 20th century, the farm started producing the wines that we love today. It’s a boutique wine estate on the Berg River in Northern Paarl, South Africa, set against a spectacular backdrop of the Paarl mountains, where the originally Belgian owner Tom Heeremans, has created an oasis for wine lovers in the heart of wine valley.
Previously known for Pinotage, their world-class vintners have since shifted their attention to Mediterranean cultivars, including Cinsaut, Shiraz, Grenache, Mouvèdre, and Tempranillo. Today they have a stunning selection of 5 big beautiful red wines on offer, each of them infused with the unique character of the region.
The beautiful estate also plays host to a modern B&B, with four rooms available for those wishing to extend their stay. The splendid setting boasts picturesque views of Paarl Mountain and the Berg River, allowing for a pastoral experience in a truly unique location.
Tempel Wines is home to high-quality, hand-crafted wines. The wines are characterised by a distinctive, lower in alcohol style (13-13,5%), making for an enjoyable, lighter drinking experience.
The Tempel wines philosophy is to let the grapes do the talking – they create hand crafted modern wines that reflect the character and soul of the region. As 80% of their wines are made on the field, they take great care to select only the best cultivars and rootstocks given the climatological circumstances and different soils at their vineyards.
They try and keep farming as natural as possible to maintain the best quality in the end products. All the grapes are handpicked and naturally fermented in traditional open tanks. After pressing, they are matured in French oak barrels and/or concrete eggs for minimum 12 months and then bottled on the estate.
The cellar at Tempel Wines is a unique experience in itself – besides being filled with amazing wines, the walls of the cellar also boast authentic art from some of the finest South African street artists. Visitors can enjoy a view of the exceptional cellar from the beautiful breezy terrace – with a glass of one of their incredible wines in hand, of course!
The vineyard management is all about sustainability. They deliberately attract a diverse range of insects to the land, where they also grow organic vegetables to give to the people in the local townships.