Intellego Wines focus on sourcing grapes from different pockets in the Swartland and farming some as well. Working in close collaboration with the growers is essential to grow fruit that are expressive of the region. Expanding the brand and working with varieties like Cinsaut, Syrah, Mourvedre and Chenin Blanc is a testimony of what the Swartland has to offer in this dry climate. Starting and farming a new project in the South Western part of the Swartland on totally different soil types is the latest challenge.
All the wines are made in a small winery that I rent in the Paardeberg. Making the Elementis(Chenin Blanc) skin contact is a challenge in itself but the expressiveness of these wines gives me much pleasure exploring and there are more to come in future. Keeping the Intellego Syrah in its purist form is the only way to express these sites where the grapes are sourced from. In the end the final product is all about sharing with friends!
Jurgen went to Bali on a surfing trip, and surfed the wave Kedungu... not many good wines though for after surf... so he decided to make his own Kedungu, wanne surf the wave?????
40 Syrah 30 Carignan 30 Mourvedre
Vin Vivant - Glou Glou - This wine will put, you artisan wine lovers, a big smile on your face!!
Mineral, reductive nose: lovely rich bold pear and white peach fruit. Textured palate is rich yet fresh and mineral with lovely precision. 92-94/100
A blend of 88% Syrah and 12% Mourvedre and blended with the “de-stemmed stem,” the 2011 Red Blend has a very pure, floral bouquet with crushed violets, juniper, dark plum and raspberry conserve. The palate has superb structure with fine tannins, superb acidity and the stems lend it real structure and sense of authority. This is an absorbing red blend, the Mourvedre lending so much complexity to the Syrah even at just 12%. This is simply superb. Drink now-2018. “Intelligo” is Latin for “understand” – an apt name for one of Swartland’s most promising young guns and winemaker, Jurgen Gouws, who I met during my attending the Cape Wine Show. These are scintillating, intellectual wines that are not perfect, but are brimming over with character and individuality – two key factors that make Swartland such a go-to region.
Elementis is een skin contact Chenin Blanc , de Biologische druiven worden gegist op de schil, maar men gaat de shil niet stompen, dus geen kleurextractie maar wel smaakextractie... drie weken lang worden de schillen nat gehouden door gewoon onderaan wijn af te tappen en bovenaan weer op de wijn te gieten...
Een oranjewijn die niet oranje ziet.... machtig complexe zuivere wijn... zo dronk je nog nooit Chenin Blanc
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