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Domaine des Dieux, Syrah-Mourvèdre-Grenache, Walker Bay, 2018

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Domaine des Dieux, Syrah-Mourvèdre-Grenache, Walker Bay, 2018

62% Syrah, 23% Mourvèdre and 15% Grenache, all aged for 10 months in older French oak barrels.  Bittersweet attack, all tart blackcurrant with lively acidity. But there’s a hearty and savoury side too, showing meaty and white... Read More

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Domaine des Dieux, Syrah-Mourvèdre-Grenache, Walker Bay, 2018

ColourRed

RegionWalker Bay

GrowerDomaine des Dieux

Grape VarietySyrah, Mourvedre & Grenache

Vintage2018

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

DietaryVegan

CodeDDD818

Style

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Domaine des Dieux

Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, which translates as Heaven on Earth, rises prettily from just west of Hermanus.

When we first visited in 2003 the wineries, notably Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson, were all in the lower part of the valley, but more recently plantings at the top of the valley - higher, drier, with warmer...

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Grenache / Garnacha

Grenache / Garnacha 

Grenache grows well in hot, dry regions, though it can develop very high (15 degrees+) alcohol.

As such it is grown principally in Southern France and Spain (as Garnacha). It is usually blended with other varieties in the Southern Rhône and Languedoc (Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsaut and others).

Its flavour usually encompasses the...

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Domaine des Dieux, Syrah-Mourvèdre-Grenache, Walker Bay, 2018

62% Syrah, 23% Mourvèdre and 15% Grenache, all aged for 10 months in older French oak barrels.  Bittersweet attack, all tart blackcurrant with lively acidity. But there’s a hearty and savoury side too, showing meaty and white pepper notes. Full-flavoured and attractively developed. Now-2025

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, which translates as Heaven on Earth, rises prettily from just west of Hermanus. When we first visited in 2003 the wineries, notably Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson, were all in the lower part of the valley, but more recently plantings at the top of the valley - higher, drier, with warmer days but cooler nights - have increased. Enjoying naturally low pH soils, and moderate temperatures, cooled by winds from the ocean, this really is a sweet spot in the Cape.

Domaine des Dieux is a small estate just above Ataraxia at the very top of the valley in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge zone. The farm, with vineyards on the slopes of the Babylon's Toren mountain, was bought in 2002, with an initial focus on making the first sparkling wines in Hemel-en-Aarde (and boy have they succeeded) but still Chardonnay and Pinot Noir followed. Des Dieux have an interesting model: they have 20 hectares of unirrigated vines but no cellar (and no electricity on site either!). Winemaking of each of the wines is overseen by a specialist winemaker in local cellars.

Great choice of good-value wines in the January sales. The website is really easy to use to make up an order. Delivery, as is often the case, was within 24 hours and, as usual, was well-packed.

J Windle

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I've bought a couple of cases recently, and many more in years gone by, and have really enjoyed their selection. They have a good range of interesting wines from some classic and some more…

Nicholas S

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Judging by the wines I have had, someone is doing a very good job in selecting the wines to put before the public, and at a very fair price. Delivery from online purchases as also been quick and…

Brian K

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Great company with good service and good prices. Highly recommended.

Albert H

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One of my favourite independents. Been enjoying these special wines for more than 10 years. Always interesting choices, and always great value in the sales!

David M

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This was yet another quick and painless transaction, as I have come to expect from SV&S.

Richard T

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