Paserene Union 2019

Grown entirely in the Tulbagh region the 2019 Union is dark and inky. Now 100% Syrah, this wine has ample complex aromas of blueberries, charcoal, violets and bacon fat. Extraordinary balance between primary fruit aromas and deep charry mineral components gives the wine an inviting natural warmth and broodiness. Big supple tannins with a reigned in acidity will make this wine a pleasure to drink for the next 20 -30  years.

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ART OF MAKING

How the wine is made

Finally… the Union was a long time coming, but to find the right terroir for this specific style of wine took a lot of effort and thoughtful planning.

100% Syrah grown on an arid scaly soil, that yields no more than two tons of grapes per hectare. The soil can simply not handle a heavier crop
load, the result: a super concentrated and dark wine. 

The grapes are fermented in concrete open top tanks for about a month. After which the wine is transferred to third and fourth fill barrels to ensure the wines bright fruit integrity. The wines spend 16 months in barrel and is then bottled and stored for another year in bottle before release.

CULTIVAR

Where the grapes are from

Our Paserene Wine Range is made from grapes sourced from wine farms in Tulbagh, Elgin, and Franschhoek. We focus on quality attention-to-detail when it comes to our luxury Paserene Range, hence the choice of terroir for the range. 

Our rich Union wine is sourced entirely from Tulbagh, which is known for producing rich Syrah grapes.

Soils and climates

Elgin is the coolest area with bokkeveld shale. It has a cooler climate which is best for full-bodied red wine, allowing the grapes to retain their bright acidity and full flavour.

Franschhoek is more moderate in climate and has sandy soil. It is ideal for growing deep, flavourful red grapes like Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, and the shadows of the mountains help to maintain the climate. 

Tulbagh in the Breede River Valley has a hot climate that has cool evenings, with decomposed shale soil. The climate lends itself to wine that has richly developed flavours and long-lasting finishes.

Challenging conditions in the year 2019 saw yields across the country dwindling by just  above 6% compared with the previous year.

Water shortages continued to prevail but the abnormal heat intensity witnessed especially between October and January, hampered the figures in terms of total production  countrywide. These two factors resulted in lower bunch masses and smaller berries.  However, concentration and colour were evident positives and the grapes were healthy in most cases.

 

ANALYSIS

pH
3.64

Alcohol
13.81%

Total Acid
5.2 gram/l

TASTING NOTES

What you can expect when tasting

Grown entirely in the Tulbagh region the 2019 Union is dark and inky. Now 100% Syrah, this wine has ample complex aromas of blueberries, charcoal, violets and bacon fat. Exotic, smoky and thick with elegance as well as excellent definition.

Extraordinary balance between primary fruit aromas and deep charry mineral components gives the wine an inviting natural warmth and broodiness. Big supple tannins with a reigned in acidity will make this wine a pleasure to drink for the next 20 -30 years.

Blueberry, Black Fruit
17 MENTIONS OF BLACK FRUIT NOTES

Smoke, Charcoal, Tar
13 MENTIONS OF EARTHY NOTES

Oak, Cedar, Tobacco
8 MENTIONS OF OAKY NOTES

LABEL ART

The art on the label

The artwork of our Paserene Range reflects the elegance of the wine inside the bottle and tells the story of the particular bottle. 

The swift you will find on almost every label was drawn by miniaturist Lorraine Loots, and is a representation of Martin’s adventures abroad, the spreading of his wings, before returning home to create Paserene.

All labels were hand pressed using an old Heidelberg press.

The label on the Union is set in Tulbagh and highlights Paserene’s message of unification in all we do. The girl on the label represents Mother Nature, and the swift is our winemaker, Martin. The bespoke artwork tells the story of how they finally found a place to be together, and the tree in the background signifies the stability and calmness that anchors them.

FOOD PAIRINGS

Food and wine combinations

When you pour a glass of our magnificent Union red wine, consider pairing it with a rich cut of red meat cooked to a perfect medium-rare or wild game meat grilled on a flame for that intense smoked-wood flavour. 

Well-aged or hard cheeses (like Stilton or Gouda) are the perfect partners for a wine and cheese pairing and, matched with a spoonful or two of mulberry preserve, these cheeses will bring out the juicy berry notes inherent in this decadent red. 

For dessert, opt for a dark chocolate tart with a rich, buttery crust to bring out the sweetness of the wine.

RED MEAT

HARD CHEESES

DARK CHOCOLATE TART

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