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TERROIR / SOIL:
Rolling hills of decomposed granite with clay subsoil from Paarl, Darling and Stellenbosch.
VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS:
14 - 19 year old vines were planted on a vertical trellis system, allowing for easy foliage management, controlling the exposure of the grapes to sunlight and encourage even ripening. These regions are situated 15 – 55 km from the cold Atlantic ocean with average temperatures of 8-19°C during winter and 13 - 29°C during summer. The average annual rainfall is 450mm.
100% Shiraz grapes were harvested from selected vineyard blocks and cold soaked for 2-3 days at 13 - 14°C. Alcoholic fermentation was completed after 15 days in stainless steel tanks. The free run juice was barrelled down with malolactic fermentation and maturation taking place in a combination of 20% first fill French oak barrels and the balance in second and third fill barrels. The wine matured for 14 months in barrel before blending.
14.49 % vol
Dark ruby red with bright youthful rim
Beautiful layered aromas of mulberry, violets and plum supported by infused allspice. The palate has richness with good length and smooth tannins.
Your favourite cut of grilled red meat with some root vegetables or an Eastern Mediterranean vegetarian moussaka.