Sitting at 2700 feet above sea level in the arid, dessert-like region of Piekenierskloof, South Africa, old, dry-farmed, bush vines of Grenache fruit thrives, creating concentrated, textured, and nicely structured Grenache wine filled with red fruits and the essence of the land. Sand and granite soils require vines in these drought-filled vineyards to dig deep into the earth to find water and nutrients, giving complexity to the resulting wine, singing with the character of the region. Begun by winemaker, Martin Lamprecht, Marras Wines, is dedicated to showcasing how rugged, unruly terrain can create delicious wines from South Africa’s Swartland and Piekenierskloof regions.
Marras Piekenierskloof Grenache ($18) is crafted from 100% hand-picked and partially native fermented old vine Grenache that ages for a minimal 10 months to help round out the palate and meld the flavors. Upon release the wine is fresh and juicy, layered wild strawberry and red cherry with woody herb (sagebrush and thyme), raspberry jam and a touch of crushed violets. A perfect wine to enjoy with grilled chicken or beef, spicy Italian sausage or, better yet, South African boerewors. #cheers