“A harvest to be remembered by the attack of the Muskeljaatkat, Genetta genetta, and their taste for free-range farm chickens. It was also the year for making some pretty decent wines” reads the back label of Muskeljaatkat 2011 made by Jasper Wickens, who’s day job is assistant winemaker at AA Badenhorst Family Wines in the Swartland.
A blend of Cinsaut and Grenache, it underwent spontatneous fermentation and was matured in “seasoned oak casks”. The nose initially showed quite earthy, malty notes and I feared this was going to be a big, brooding number like Swartland reds often are.
However, with time in glass, more primary fruit began to emerge (cherry and strawberry) plus white pepper and spice. Real freshness and fine tannins, too. So much more there than appears at first glance. Vino Pronto price: R122 a bottle.