Cape Rock Amnesty 2013
By Christian Eedes, 11 August 2014
New from the innovative Vredendal cellar that is Cape Rock are two low-alcohol, beautifully labelled wines from Olifants River and Swartland grapes, a white blend called Asylum and a red called Amnesty.
Vino Pronto price: R99.50
78% Chenin Blanc, 12% Clairette Blanche, 10% Colombard. Abv 10.5%. All the Clairette Blanche and Colombard fermented on the skins. 60% of the wine matured for 11 months in old barrels. Cloudy in appearance, there’s a pleasant citrus quality to the nose and palate. Gentle acidity and a little phenolic grip on the finish. Hardly a profound but so approachable.
Vino Pronto price: R120
75% Syrah, 17% Cinsaut, 5% Grenache, 2% Carignan and 1% Mourvèdre. Abv 12.5%. A high percentage of whole bunch fermentation and maturation lasting 11 months in old barrels. Appealing aromatics including red fruit and fynbos. Medium bodied with lemon-like acidity and soft tannins.