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The Tea Leaf, WO Western Cape 2022

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A naturally fermented old bush vine brew, Tea Leaf hails from vineyards where the vines grow amongst South Africa’s native rooibos (red tea) plants that grow wild alongside the vines.

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Production

From selected coastal vineyards of Chenin, Grenache Gris and Marsanne where the indigenous rooibos tea plant grows wild. Grapes are harvested in the early hours and then a further selection is made by hand at the winery to select the best fruit. The wine is naturally fermented and aged a few months in older 600 litre French oak barrels. No fining and coarse filtered (above 1 micron).

Tasting notes

Aromas of ripe citrus and peach with savoury, gently nutty notes. The palate combines firm, high-key fruit with a gentle, sandy texture true to the source vineyards’ soil leading to a long, lightly honeyed finish. A deeply satisfying wine, taut and concentrated, from a blend of high quality bush vine fruit.

Food match

Simply cooked fish dishes, scallops, salt & pepper squid or fishcakes, light seafood pasta, risotto, rich salads and sushi.

Awards

2019 Vintage

Sommelier Wine Awards 2020

Gold

2017 Vintage

Sommelier Wine Awards 2019

Silver

The Wine Merchant Top 100 2019

Top 100

2016 Vintage

Catavinum 2018

Silver

2015 Vintage

IWC 2017

Silver

Sommelier Wine Awards 2017

Silver

IWSC 2016

Silver

2014 Vintage

Catavinum 2017

Silver

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