Retief Goosen The Goose `Expression` 2008
The vineyards of the higher altitudes of the northern slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains, in the heart of the famous Garden Route of South Africa. The temperatures remain very cool in comparison for South Africa with an average temperature of 17 degrees. this allows late ripening of the grapes to create refined, elegant and complex fruit. The Upper Langkloof Appellation is arguably the coolest wine growing region in South Africa. These extreme climatic conditions ensure complexity of fruit and unique grapes that are hand crafted into world-class wines.
After hand harvesting the grapes they are transported to cool-rooms, where the temperature is maintained at 4 degrees Celsius for twelve hours to cool the grapes. Upon arrival at the wine cellar the cold grapes are sorted before being crushed and pumped into open cement troughs. There the juice is allowed to ferment on the skin cap for eight to fourteen days, extracting the vital character and colour from the skins into the wine as it develops. Malo-lactic fermentation is completed in imported French Oak Barrels.
Best enjoyed with roast meats, pasta dishes and hearty stews, or simply on it’s own for true red wine pleasure!