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Damascene and Moya Meaker new vintage release

Today marks the nationwide release of the new vintage (2021 for all except the W.O. Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon which is 2020) from Damascene and Moya Meaker. This is now the fourth release of wines from the team of winemaker Jean Smit and co-founder David Curl. Availability remains very limited on this small-volume project aimed at showcasing some of South Africa’s rarest vineyard sites, and to this end, this release today is dedicated to a mixed six-bottle case.

Dear Reader,

Damascene and Moya Meaker winemaker Jean Smit prefers consumers not to be totally influenced by ratings, but to buy based on the story and uniqueness of vineyard site and Damascene’s ability to bottle each special story. Consumers who enjoy the wines should buy on that basis, thereby buying into the philosophy and reputation of the entire project. Leading international wine writers like Neal Martin and Tim Atkin MW did include last year’s Damascene releases and Moya Meaker Pinot noir in their respective reports.

”These wines are well worth seeking out – I was impressed by the range that lit up an otherwise darkened room thanks to the power outage…I look forward to tasting Damascene in future vintages.”
Neal Martin | Growing Up ‘n Getting Wiser: South Africa in 2022 (September 2022)

There are two new wines joining the Damascene range, and each of the now ten wines set a benchmark for South African wine for their level of quality, purity, individuality and overall class. Due to Damascene’s relatively small production, availability on most of the wines is unfortunately very limited and are available on allocation only. However, exclusive to this release today we have set aside 30 mixed cases of 6 bottles each.

Damascene W.O. Stellenbosch Syrah 2021 | R 475
Available in mixed case offer

Grapes were sourced from three distinct vineyard sites in the Stellenbosch district. The first two vineyards are both situated higher than 300-metres above sea level. The soils are dominated by decomposed granite. The third vineyard is nestled down in the cooler part of Devon Valley on deep Oakleaf soils. The vineyard on the Polkadraai Hills was planted on a southeast-facing. A total of 5,190 bottles were produced.

Damascene W.O. Swartland Syrah 2021 | R 475
Available in mixed case offer

Grapes were sourced from three Swartland sites. The first bush vine block is situated on the foothills of the Paardeberg and deeply rooted in ancient free-draining decomposed granite soils. The second vineyard is in the heart of the Swartland, facing north. These bush vines are planted on Malmesbury shale. The dominant source is from the western foot of the Riebeek Mountains. This slope consists of an outcrop of schist that faces southeast.  A total of 4,900 bottles were produced.

Damascene W.O. Cederberg Syrah 2021 | R 475
Available in mixed case offer

From a single mountainous vineyard planted at 940-metres above sea level, in 2006 on the oldest farm in the Cederberg (which dates back to 1790). A total of 3,490 bottles were produced.

Damascene W.O. Stellenbosch Cabernet Franc 2021 | R 475
Available in mixed case offer

Situated on the cooler east-facing slopes of the Bottelary, this trellised single vineyard was planted in 2004. Grown on soils of decomposed granite, this low-yielding vineyard produces smaller bunches that offer incredible concentration. A total of 1,910 bottles were produced.

Damascene W.O. Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 | R 475
Available in mixed case offer

Fruit from the Helderberg, Bottelary and Vlottenburg. These mature vineyards are all based on granitic outcrops situated between 14 and 20 km from the Atlantic Ocean. A total of 3,190 bottles were produced.

Damascene W.O. Franschhoek Old Bush Vines Sémillon 2021 | R 475
On allocation only

From historic bush vines planted in 1942 and 1962. A total of 1,770 bottles were produced.

Damascene W.O. Stellenbosch Old Bush Vines Chenin blanc 2021 | R 475
Available in mixed case offer

A blend of fruit from three sites in the Bottelary region: Sonop (planted 1982), Houmoed (planted 1972), and Mooiplaas (planted 1980). A total of 2,650 bottles were produced.

Damascene W.O. Swartland Old Bush Vines Chenin blanc 2021 | R 475
On allocation only

A blend of fruit from two sites that communicate Swartland’s acidity and concentration in its Chenin blancs. The first site is situated on a hilltop on the north-western extreme of the Paardeberg. The second vineyard was established a few meters lower, on the north-facing slope of this mystical mountain, and it features old bush vines planted on decomposed granite, laid over a clay-rich subsoil. A total of 2,210 bottles were produced.

Moya Meaker W.O. Elgin Pinot noir 2021 | R 300
On allocation only

Five blocks of estate-grown Pinot noir (totaling 3.12 ha) that are stretched across a single south-facing slope in the Elgin Valley. A total of 7,975 bottles were produced.

Moya Meaker W.O. Elgin Riesling 2021 | R 300
On allocation only

This vineyard was planted in 2006 on a west-facing slope of the estate in the Elgin Valley. The densely planted vines are grown on ancient Bokkeveld shale soils; rich in clay. A total of 1,300 bottles were produced.

1 x bottle each of the following:

Damascene W.O. Stellenbosch Syrah 2021
Damascene W.O. Swartland Syrah 2021
Damascene W.O. Stellenbosch Chenin blanc 2021
Damascene W.O. Cederberg Syrah 2021
Damascene W.O. Stellenbosch Cabernet Franc 2021
Damascene W.O. Stellenbosch Cab. Sauvignon 2020

R 2,850

Per six-bottle mixed case