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Strange Kompanjie, The Underworld, Grenache Blanc 2019
Grenache Blanc 100%
Ryno Booysen & JD Rossouw
There are few finer things than finding a cultivar that not only belongs in modern South Africa but is so PHENOMENALLY tasty its delicately pithy otherness is hard to describe but let's have a go. On the nose it has a curious apothecary of rare botanicals including lemon peel, juniper, jasmine and guava. These can also be found on the palate supported by the grapes inherently pithy acidity, longevity and structure.
The wine is a blend of Grenache Blanc from two locations - 60% from 40% unirrigated bush vines located in Piekernierskloof along with 40% from bush vine Paarl fruit (hence why it is classified as 'Western Cape'). The Paarl component has been barrel fermented in 4-6 year old 500lt French oak. The remainder has been wild fermented in stainless steel with 5g/l residual sugar to round off the spice a little.
What's this then? SKU is a casual band of happy ferments. A circus tent of the Cape's stranger grapes and blends. They will champion the unfashionable, experiment with the known and express the found before it gets lost. Mistakes are likely, fun certain. Welcome to Strange Kompanjie Unlimited, a Kultivar Club for the Underdog!