Die Verlore Bokooi (n.v.) (2018-19)
Winemaker: Thistle & Weed
Bottles: 4,500 x 750ml
Blend: Shiraz 40%, Tannat 28%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%, Petit Verdot 7%
Age of vines: 19 years Yield (t/ha): 10
°Balling at harvest: 24 Alcohol (%/vol): 12.88
Total acid (g/l): 5.1 Residual sugar (g/l): 2
pH: 3.68 Total SO2 (mg/l): 100
Vinification: All the varietals were pressed and fermented separately, some whole bunch and some destemmed.
Natural fermentation. The final blend was selected from 2018 and 2019 harvests and blended before bottling in
Tasting notes: Powerful red fruit followed by herby geranium and rosemary aromas, deepening juicy red meat,
dark tapenade notes with a hint of burnt caramel and liquorice sweetness. Fresh berries and mint leaves followed
by dark chocolate covered almonds. Long aftertaste of geranium, caramelised marshmallow and lingering white
pepper. This multifaceted wine is Lowerland personified, balancing a complex taste profile with an elegant
mouthfeel; simultaneously dark and light, serious and playful, hot and cold – telling the story of this terroir of
extremes in an extremely drinkable format.
Note on the label: Our logo was inspired by the unique cross stitch embroidery samplers by Riza Coetzee that
grace the walls of the Lowerland farmhouse. Die Verlore Bokooi’s cross stitch sampler inspired label (by
Fanakalo Studios) tells the story of the Prieska region in exquisite detail. The name “Prieska” comes from the
Korana words beris+gab – place of the lost she-goat (In Afrikaans: plek van die verlore bokooi). Elements in the
label include the fort built on a hill overlooking Prieska constructed from unpolished tiger’s eye mined in the area;
the distinctive “Wonderdraai” turn in the Orange river and local fauna and flora – kudu, bat-eared foxes, blue
goslings, doves, sociable weavers nests, aloes, quiver trees and dung beetles. It received a silver award in the
WineMag 2020 Label Design Awards.