The Fledge & Co Vagabond 2021
A very limited quantity arriving first week of December.
Leon assures me this 2021 is a real beauty! The previous vintage Vagabond gained a real following with our regular customers. Best be quick as this wont hang around.
All the Fledge wines are low sulphite, but we also wanted to mention that all the free SO2 readings were at bottling which will have reduced significantly since, so they will in fact be even lower than stated now.
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Leon's info on the wine states:
"Philosophy – Prudentia Sine Vino – an independently minded wine. A multi-varietal, multiregional, “old skool” barrel fermented & matured Cape white, bottle unfined & unfiltered. An endeavour to showcase the diversity of the Cape.
Vineyard – Combination of low yielding prime vineyard sites scattered across the length & breadth of the Cape combining a myriad of ancient soils, aspects & climes. All fruit was hand harvested at dawn. Quite possibly the most tempestuous vintage in the Cape – super low winter rainfall, early spring, hot summer, heat waves & erratic weather – resulted in small clusters of fruit, great concentration & very lithe wines.
Vinification – The Chardonnay – both cool climate, one on Table Mountain sandstones, the other on sandstone shale soils; Viognier – a small block wedged in sandstone shales; & Verdelho – a five year old block harvested second week January - were crushed, allowed a period of skin contact, pressed directly into old French oak barrels of varying size, inoculated with neutral yeasts strains & cold fermented. Old bush vine Swartland Steen from granitic soils was naturally fermented in large old French barrels & matured in puncheon. The Grenache blanc was allowed extended skin contact, crushed, settled & racked into 400L barrels inoculated with neutral yeasts. Each component was matured separately for about 9 months prior to a barrel selection, final blending and bottled unfined & unfiltered. Only yeast & small amounts of sulphur are added during the process.
Wine – Svelte, zesty, shy yet complex with layers of flavour & heady aromatics emerging with time in the glass – making for an ideal foil to mild Cantonese & Cape Malay cuisine, soft fromage & charcuterie or simply sip on its own. Serve lighlty chilled & best decanted in youth. Cellar in confidence to enjoy the complexities of this fine blend.
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