Atlas Swift Shelter Red Blend (2021)


Immerse in the intoxicating aroma of blueberries, red currants, cassis, and balsamic vinegar, subtly underlined by basil, graphite and black pepper. The balanced alcohol complements a core of robust black fruits, enhanced by smooth, ripe tannins.

Enjoyable even in its early years, thanks to a generous Merlot component, it offers refreshing acidity to enliven the fruit. The final touch of black pepper enhances the lingering finish, reminiscent of a Saint-Émilion red.

Tasting Notes (PDF)
Vintage Conditions

The 2021 harvest kicked off around two weeks later than normal due to unusually cool weather conditions throughout the season, which persisted throughout harvest time. Good colour extraction, low pH levels and high natural acidity all point to exceptional quality wines.

Vinification Process

Each component was hand-harvested at a fairly ripe 25 Brix and fermented on the skins in small open-top fermenters, with daily punch-downs of the cap. The wine was pressed at 5 Brix, and transferred to 225L French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and a maturation period of 22 months. After bottling, the wine was aged for a further 10 months prior to its release.

Additional Details

Winemaker: Martin Smith
Composition: 56% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec
Origin: Paarl & Wellington
Age of Vines: 6-23 years
Irrigation: Supplemental / drip and dry-land
Soil Type: Clay with some shale and quartz
Production Volume: 1887 x 750ml
Ageing Potential: 6 to 8 years from vintage

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