Juno Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier 2019
Something strange and beautiful has been happening in the Swartland. Some call it a revolution, others an evolution. Juno calls it adventure. As a winemaker, she was compelled to make wine in the dryland conditions of the Swartland region. Think hot, unforgiving sun. Little to no rain. Pretty perfect for cultivating Rhône-style varieties, wouldn’t you say? And so that’s exactly what Juno did, knowing the vines would thrive in a similar climate to their origin. The result? A rich, diverse and fruit-forward range of wines that has inspired winemaking as the core ingredient of every bottle.
The Shiraz and Mourvedre grapes were harvested fully ripe, in the early morning. The Viognier grapes were harvested ripe, once the skin changed to a slight yellow colour on the shoulder of the bunch where after it was whole-bunch pressed. After crushing, the must was cold-soaked for a week before the onset of fermentation. Selected Rhône yeast strains were used. The wines were transferred to the barrel where malolactic fermentation was completed in a mix of a new (15%) and used French and American oak barriques. The wines spent 12 months in barrel before being blended, and it received a light filtration prior to bottling.
A velvety smooth Rhône blend with good depth of colour. Well rounded with a concentration of cassis, brambleberry, violet and sweet spice.