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Mont du Toit 2007

PRODUCER:
Mont du Toit Kelder (Pty) Ltd.

VITICULTURIST:  

Pieter-Niel Rossouw.

WINEMAKER:

Bernd Philippi (wine maker of the year - Germany - 1998 + 2003).

ORIGIN:
Paarl, Western Cape. Situated on the foothills of the Hawequa mountain, overlooking Wellington.
CLIMATE:

Cold and wet winter.  Hot, dry summers.

TERROIR:

Weathered granite and sandy loam soils in the lower parts of the vineyards.

VINTAGE NOTES:
Dormancy was extremely good for this growing season as it was cold and wet.  During budding season, consistent rain, and cool south easterly winds helped ensure a good slow ripening period.  Vines were more vigorous than previous vintages. This resulted in a vintage of well balanced grapes to deliver fruit driven wines with excellent structure.
VINIFICATION:

Age of the vines varies from 9 to 23 plus years.  Grapes are handpicked and meticulously sorted to ensure only the best fruit is used for vinification.  Wine stay on skins for up to 25 days after fermentation for extra flavour.  Each variety used in the blend is vinified on its own and only blended after it has matured for 12 months in mainly French oak barrels about 20% new. Released in late 2011.


DESCRIPTION:

A complex elegant mouth-filling blend with layers of cigar box, scented petals and red berries on a rich nose.  Deep round taste with hints of plush fruitcake and plum aromas.  A dense mid-palate followed by savoury hints.  A wine that over delivers in the glass and offers well balanced tannin structure and a long lingering finish.  The blend contains Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot. 


ANALYSIS:

Alcohol:  14.5%
Residual Sugar:  2.7 g/l
T/A:  5.54 g/l
PH:  3.63

  • Mont du Toit is a producer of cult South African Mega Reds
    Daily Mail, London

  • This wonderfully flossy wine combines an impressive structure with rich, concentrated flavours
    The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, London

  • The Mont du Toit from South Africa is breathtaking, subtle and velvety
    Simon Hoggart, Wine Spectator, UK

  • Very complex but absolutely seamless, this is a beautiful wine and the one bottle I’d choose to exemplify the premise of this column. Sublime stuff.
    Michael Franz, Washington Post, USA

  • A quantum leap regarding wine needs to be mentioned. One of the most remarkable is Mont du Toit.
    Mario Scheuermann, The top wines of the world, Weincompass

  • And it paid off, with Mont du Toit wines achieving cult status in “Germany overnight..Or in Brillat-savarin speak, definitely better than sex...
    Neill Pendock, Sunday Times