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Van Wyk Rebecca May Red Blend 2021


About this Wine

56% Cinsaut, 22% Syrah, 22% Grenache

Produced in a southern-Rhone style, this medium-bodied red blend is made from grapes sourced from a couple of regions in the Western Cape. The Cinsaut is from old bush vines in Darling, which tend to ripen at much lower alcohol levels and contribute delicate fruit and incredibly perfumed aromatics. The Grenache is also from Darling and made in a lighter style to compliment the juicy Cinsaut. The Syrah grapes are sourced from a small vineyard in Constantia Nek. All the Cinsaut and Grenache grapes were fermented as whole bunches with about 6 days of carbonic maceration preceding the alcoholic fermentation. The Syrah was vinified separately with 50% whole-bunch and 50% destemmed grapes. Very gentle extraction during fermentation was achieved by daily punch-downs and after separating the wine by means of a basket press, the wine was matured for 9 months in 3rd and 4th fill French oak barrels before bottling.

This wine is crafted to express delicate red fruit flavours such as raspberry and boysenberry. Predominantly fermented as whole bunches and basket pressed, followed by maturation in 3rd- and 4th-fill French oak barrels for 7 months before bottling. The whole-bunch fermentation lends additional freshness, structure, and persistence to the palate. Once the wine opens up, the bouquet develops encouraging floral notes of pressed violets and lavender. The mouth-filling texture and medium-bodied palate provides good balance and drinkability. Production only 5172 bottles.

ALC 13.0%

RS 1.4g/L

VA 0.59g/L
pH 3.69

TA 4.8g/L


Scores & Reviews

5 Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Cinsault, grenache noir & syrah (56/22/22), 21 ***** (95 pts) dark & red plum, raspberry, exotic spice & wisp of smoke in the lithe body, crunchy cranberry finish. Like 20 (94 pts), mostly wholebunch, carbonic maceration & 8 months in older oak for the best-ever vintage in this tribute wine.

92 pts Tim Atkin Mw 2022
Rebecca May is a GCS blend of Grenache with 22% each of Cinsault and Syrah. Floral, scented and appealing, with potpourri and rose petal notes, lots of clove and pepper spices from 80% whole bunches, pomegranate and cranberry fruit and a kiss of oak. 2022-27

90 pts Wine Advocate May 2024
The 2021 Rebecca May, made from 56% Cinsault, 22% Grenache Noir and 22% Syrah, delivers red-fruited potpourri and dusty red flowers with spicy and wet rock notes, raspberry and subtly spicy red fruit. Medium-bodied and layered, the wine is open-knit, expressive and ready for food. Only 5,172 bottles were made. 2023-2030