Winery Details

  • Carmen Stevens Wines

    • Distillery Road, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • carmalitast@gmail.com
    • +27 82 557 1476

About the Winery


Carmen Stevens Wines was established in 2011 with our maiden vintage in 2014. Carmen Stevens has been involved in the South African Wine Industry since qualifying in 1995. Carmen graduated as the first black South African to study the art of winemaking in South Africa. In January 2019 Carmen registered the first 100% black-owned winery in South Africa in the picturise Stellenbosch.


Our label displays a “tiger” on closer inspection three figures are seen.
A man on the right side of the “tiger”, a bird with a red beak on the left side of the “tiger” and a face of a dog between the man and the bird all taken together by the body and colour of the “tiger”.

Our label is an expression of how different people experience wine. Some people pick up a glass and identify all characteristic immediately while others take time to “see” all the wine is expressing in the glass.

The “Tiger” is very special to me. My eldest daughter, Caitlin, painted “tiger” at school when she was only 6 years old and I love it!

Carmen Stevens Petite Sirah 2017

About the wine

Dark chocolate with a toffee caramel nose fused with liquorice root and spice on the nose. A limey palate entrance flows to a smooth tannin structure and ripe sweet blueberry fruit flavour expression. Well-integrated oak is supported by good fruit intensity and length. This wine had great depth of fruit and is kept fresh by a linger of lime on the after palate. The depth of colour coupled with the refreshing acidity, spicy oak and ripe smooth tannin structure is indicative of wine with great ageing potential.

Exclusive

No

Export Volume

100 x 12 x 750ml

Food Pairing

Cured Meat, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables

Red Grapes

Petite Sirah

Region

Paarl, Western Cape

Segment best suited for

Boutique, Off premise, On premise, Retail

Vintage

Yes

Volume

750ml

Year

2017

Tasting Notes

Berries, Cherries, Dark Chocolate, Dark Stone Fruit, Gentle Oak, Liquorice, Spice, Toffee

Winemaking process

The fruit was handpicked at optimal ripeness. All fruit bunch sorted and fermented with a pure yeast culture. Carmen use 10% American Oak during maturation to compliment the pure ripe fruit from the Paarl region. The wine had three racking during the ageing process to enhance colour and smooth out the tannin structure.

Cellaring

Four to seven years.

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