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Tim Martin Wines Qaisar Mourvèdre

Swartland, Coastal Region

Tim Martin Wines

Under Tim’s ‘About Me’ page on his website, there is only one sentence that reads: “One day I decided that what I really wanted to do with my life was make wine”...

Before that, Tim was working in the City. The financial crisis led him to study wine and eventually to make his first vintage in 2014. Tim’s vineyards are located in the Swartland (Qaisar and Chad) and Paarl (Mothership). Mothership, which he personally farms, following biodynamic and Fukuoka practices, is in the process of converting to biodynamic agriculture. Qaisar is also farmed organically, while Chad is from a conventional vineyard. The wines are made with minimal intervention in an immaculate cellar located in Cape Town using traditional methods (basket press and spontaneous fermentations in large oak vats of 500-2000 litres).

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Vineyards

Qaisar is made from grapes grown in an 18 year old, organic, dry farmed, cordon trained vineyard north of Malmesbury, Swartland. The soils here are deep, red, iron rich and clay-based.

Vintage information

The 2014 vintage was characterised by quite a cool winter and an unusually rainy spring. These spring rains as well as more rain, which fell late in the growing season, meant that farmers had to be extra vigiliant in managing the vineyards in order to avoid fungal disease and ensure a successful ripening period. The 2014 vintage has generally produced wines that are more medium bodied with great drinkability and according to Tim, his wines are showing well and are drinking beautifully now.

Vinification

Grapes are hand harvested and 100% whole bunches are fermented in a French oak open top wooden fermenter. Light extraction with limited punch downs and almost no pump overs. The wine is pressed after 21 days and is aged in a mix of neutral 228l and 500l french barrels for 11 months. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation and ageing on primary lees before racking to tank for bottling with a light non sterile sheet filtration.

Tasting Notes

Qaisar is a Mourvedre that is elegant and balanced. It has delightful floral aromas followed by a a crunchy, black fruit and peppery character on the palate, a lovely finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 100% Mourvedre
Region Swartland, Coastal Region
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5.2g/l
Residual Sugar 1.9g/l
Wine pH 3.63