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TORMENTOSO 10 SY/MOURV
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Bottle Size: 750ml
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TORMENTOSO 2010 SYRAH/MOURVEDRE

Tormentoso is a range of premium, vineyard-focused wines produced by the team at MAN Vintners. "Cabo Tormentoso" (translated as “Stormy Cape” or “Cape of Storms”) is the original name for the Cape of Good Hope given to it by the Portuguese explorer Bartholomieu Dias who first rounded the Cape in 1488. The story goes that upon his return home, the Queen of Portugal took an immediate dislike to the name and changed it to “Cabo da Boa Esperança” – the “Cape of Good Hope” as we know it today. There are multiple readings of the word Tormentoso: drama, torment, struggle. All of these seem apt when you consider where their grapes are grown. The vines grow in a dry area with little or no irrigation, but the rocky shale soils of the Agter-Paarl region allow the roots to penetrate deeply, to get to the moisture reserves. The vines have to endure a certain amount of struggle to ripen their grapes, and it's this torment that produces distinctive wines with concentrated flavors and aromas. The nose is a mélange of briar and bramble, earthy tar, dark plum, pepper spice and a subtle minerality, like the scent of oncoming rain. Light brown spices, vanilla bean and grated nutmeg, bring pleasing secondary notes. The palate leads with dark berries and fruits, peppery spice, leather and vanilla oak. Excellent tannins course throughout. A touch of Côte Rotie meets South Africa.
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