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TERROIR / SOIL:
Cool southeastern facing slopes of decomposed granite on clay sub-soil with great water retention.
VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS:
The grapes for this wine come from 15 to 20-year-old vines. Planted on a vertical trellis system ensures easy foliage management so that there is a good balance of leaves and exposure to the sun, while still enough shading to allow for peppery flavours to be retained in the grapes. The vines are 7 to 55km from the cold Atlantic Ocean and have average temperatures of 14° to 17°C in winter and 20° to 28°C in summer. Average annual rainfall is 450mm.
100% Shiraz grapes harvested from selected vineyard blocks and cold-soaked for 2 to 3 days at 12°C. Alcoholic fermentation lasted for up to 14 days in stainless steel tanks; delicate extraction methods were used to retain fruit and subtle spice flavours. The free-run juice was barrelled down to facilitate malolactic fermentation and maturation in a combination of 80% French and 20% American oak barrels (half were first fill; half were second fill). The wine matured for 16 months in barrel before individual barrels were selected for the final blend.
Dark ruby red with bright rim.
The wine shows upfront flavours of mulberry and violets complimented by delicate notes of fennel and white pepper. Cherry and pepper flavours compliment the complex palate that leads to smooth, dense tannins.
Ostrich fillet with a mulberry jus served with artichoke and potato mash. Grilled mushrooms seasoned with crushed black pepper and fennel.