Ridgeback Ember 2020

U pfront juicy dark cherries, black pepper and liquorice with hints of violets and mineral earthiness complimented by a soft and juicy midpalate and a long savoury finish.

Key ingredients

Shiraz 79%
Grenache 10%
Mourvedre 11%

Food Pairing

This elegantly bright and fruity blend pairs well with dishes lighter, expressive dishes such as charcuterie and olives, capers or pesto.

Experience the Essence: Indulge in Ridgeback Ember 2020

Bottle Analysis

Wine of Origin: Paarl
Slopes: East, North-East, North, North-West
Soils: Oakleaf and Clovelly
Cellaring: 10 years+
Number of Bottles: 4 712
Alcohol: 14.5 %
Residual Sugar: 2.1 g/l
TA:  6.1 g
pH: 3.69
Total SO2: 78 mg/l
Bottling Date: October 2021


  • The 3 red varieties were destemmed and berries crushed, only retaining approx 20% whole berry fraction onto the sorting table. Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre were fermented separately in open top stainless steel fermenters.

  • The red wines were fermented at 24-28 degrees Celsius with commercial yeast strains suited to the varieties. The wines were removed from the skins before complete dryness in order to retain softness.

  • The Viognier grapes were crushed, pressed and allowed to settle for 2 days at 10 degrees Celsius. The clear juice was then gravity fed to 400 liter French oak barrels and underwent natural ferment to dryness. The wine was aged for 3 months and stirred monthly to encourage the development of mid-palate and length, then blended with the red fractions.

  • All red wines underwent MLF and 13 months of ageing in second and third fill barrels ensuring good wood/fruit integration.

  • The wine was then blended and lightly filtered shortly before bottling..