Shiraz (52%), Cabernet Sauvignon (34%), Cinsault (7%), Grenache Noir (7%).
The final installment in the unofficial family series, this wine is named after Ross’s grandfather. He was by many accounts a complete scoundrel (or should we say a real rascallion!?) and the namesake for the current Rascal, living a rich, unconventional, entertaining and often somewhat controversial life. However, he gave service bravely in WW2 for both the South African army and navy - he was captured at Tobruk and was a POW in Italy. Medals depicted on the label are Edward’s, honouring the immense service and often ultimate sacrifice that he and many others gave.
This wine is a combination of fruit from three different parcels from the Golden Triangle on the Helderberg mountains, all planted between 1999 and 2008. The vineyards are pruned meticulously in order to ensure low yields and small berries with lots of concentration and lovely loose bunches. All varieties were vinified separately with a minimum of 14 days on skins, natural fermentation and gentle cap management techniques. 9 months maturation in old oak barrels completes a very pretty picture indeed.