Mourvèdre is fairly rare in South Africa, only a handful are bottled as single varietals. This temperamental grape thrives on the Koopmanskraal farm in Agter-Paarl. The un-irrigated, ten-year-old block produces intensely concentrated, very small bunches with pea-sized berries. The soils impart soft spice and minerality that makes this wine so exciting and unique.

A complex, layered wine; the nose of berry fruit is complemented by fynbos and soft spice aromas, while the palate layers flavours of cloves, leathery spice and red fruit. The elegant finish is dry and savoury. Ideal with hearty country food, beef loin and roast red meat dishes.


The shale soil with its distinctive red granite pebbles on Koopmanskraal farm in the Agter-Paarl is home to Tormentoso’s Mourvèdre vineyard. It is un-irrigated with a five-wire trellising system and the wine pressed from these grapes is barrel matured for 12 months in small oak barrels (about a quarter are new). For added fruit concentration, a small portion (around 10%) of Syrah from the same region is blended to add complexity to the wine.

Tormentoso Mourvèdre 2012: “87 Points” – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, #215, USA, 2014.
Tormentoso Mourvèdre 2010: “88 Points” – Wine Spectator, USA, Web Only, 2013.
Tormentoso Mourvèdre 2010: “Bronze Medal” – Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, SA, 2013.

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