【#Guide for Wineries】Mother Rock

【#Guide for Wineries】Mother Rock

Johan Meyer, is a rising star of the new South African wine scene, who has developed strong relationships with some of the best grape growers across the Cape over the years, and as a result he has gained access to some of the region’s best fruit.

The Mother Rock label focuses on discovering exceptional parcels of well-farmed vines grown on a variety of soil types from Swartland, and vinified as simply as possible. These are terroir-focused wines made to offer drinkability and enjoyment. Johan himself says it best: “I believe the word terroir should be used in honest terms. Letting the area and grape speak for itself in the bottle is our goal – naturally fermented grape juice, that’s all!”.

JH Meyer Signature Wines Focus on Johan’s love for Burgundy. Concentrating on single vineyards, in cool climate areas, often with high altitudes, the Chardonnay’s and Pinot Noirs which are all organically farmed, are amongst the finest in South Africa. Across all of his wines Johann pursues a hands-off approach to the winemaking using native yeasts and allowing the reds to undergo long gentle fermentations with extended time on the skins delivering wines with exceptional texture and tannic structure. They offer exceptional concentration and flavor whilst remaining elegant and light on their feet. All wines are unfined and unfiltered.

Across the range, Johan’s wines represent exceptional value, for handcrafted, organic and natural wines.

Mother Rock

Mother Rock Syrah 2017

 

Age of vines: 26 Years old

Vinification: The grapes are fermented 100% whole bunch, crushed, with one punch down daily. Aged for 11 months in old French Oak barrels (4year+). No filter, no finning.

Single vineyard in the Paardeberg region, between Paarl and Malmesbury on the West Coast. The vineyard was planted in 1990, high density and dryland farmed. Since 2013 organic farmed methods are used, with no chemicals sprayed on the vines and soils. Soils are mostly decomposed granite with Malmesbury shale, siting on south-west facing slopes.

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Mother Rock Grenache 2017

 

Age of vines: 28 Years old

Vinification: The grapes are fermented 100% whole bunch, crushed, with one punch down daily. Aged for 11 months in old French Oak barrels (4year+). No filter, no finning.

Single vineyard in the Paardeberg region, between Paarl and Malmesbury on the West Coast. The vineyard was planted in 1988, 2800 vines/ha and dryland farmed. Completely organic farmed methods are used, with no chemicals sprayed on the vines and soils. Soils are mostly decomposed granite with Malmesbury shale, siting on south-west facing slopes.

Mother Rock Liquid Skin 2017

Age of vines: 34 Years old

Vinification: 100% Oxidation of the must was allowed before fermentation. The grapes were 100% whole bunch fermented (lightly crushed) with punch downs once a day, than moved to 8 weeks of skin contact and stems without SO2 addition. Later the wine was basked pressed into 1600L concrete eggs and aged for 12 months on the gross lees, than racked and bottled. No filter, no finning’s or SO2 added to the wine

Single vineyard in the Paardeberg Mountain South of Malmesbury in the Swartland appellation. The vineyard was planted in 1984, all bush vines and dryland farmed. Since 2013 organic farmed methods are used, with no chemicals sprayed on the vines and soils. The Soils are a mixture of Decomposed Granite and Clay with south-west facing slope on altitude of 280m.

Mother Rock Force Celeste Semillon 2019

Age of vines: 20 Years old

Vinification: Pre-oxidation of the must is allowed before fermentation. 90% of the wine was fermented in Stainless Steel tanks at cooler temperature and the rest was in older 300L barrels. 20% of grapes were whole bunch fermented on skins for 2 weeks. Aged in 7 months 90% in stainless steel and 10% old wood. No filter, no finning.

Single vineyard in the Paardeberg Mountain. The vineyard was planted in 1997, all bush vines and dryland farmed. Since 2013 organic farmed methods are used, with no chemicals sprayed on the vines and soils. Soils are mostly decomposed granite with south-west facing slope.

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Mother Rock Force Celeste Chenin Blanc 2019

Age of vines: 35 Years old

Vinification: Pre-oxidation of the must is allowed before fermentation. 90% of the wine was fermented in Stainless Steel tanks at cooler temperature and the rest was in older 300L barrels. 20% of grapes were whole bunch fermented on skins for 2 weeks. Aged in 7 months 90% in stainless steel and 10% old wood. No filter, no finning.

Single vineyard in the Paardeberg Mountain. The vineyard was planted in 1983, all bush vines and dryland farmed. Since 2014 organic farmed methods are used, with no chemicals sprayed on the vines and soils. Soils are mostly decomposed granite with south-west facing slope.

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Mother Rock Force Celeste Cinsault 2019

 

Age of vines: 30 Years old

 

Vinification 100% whole cluster fermentation for about 2 weeks and it spends 1 week post ferment on the skins and stems. Aged for 7 months in 100% aged in Stainless Steel tanks, NO oak. No filter, no finning.

Single vineyard in Malmesbury region. The vineyard was planted in 1987, all bush vines and dryland farmed. Since 2009 organic farmed methods are used, with no chemicals sprayed on the vines and soils. Soils are mostly decomposed granite and Fericrete, which is quite rich in iron components. Vineyards are planted on south-east facing slopes.

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