Creative Block 3 2019
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Creative Block 3 2019

94% Shiraz / 4% Mourvèdre / 2% Viognier

TASTING NOTE:
Subtle perfumed notes of violets, black cherry and mulberry are followed by spicy flavours of black pepper and fennel. The silky, rich mid-palate is complemented with concentrated fruit and dense, silky tannins.

SERVE WITH:
Serve with smoked pork belly or a mildly spicy Indian vegetable curry.

APPEARANCE:
Deep ruby red with a purple rim.

ANALYSIS:

Alc:

14.55 % vol

TA:

5.6 g/L

RS:

3.1 g/L

pH:

3.51

WINEMAKER:
Johan Jordaan

ORIGIN:

Coastal regions

TERROIR / SOIL:

Decomposed granite with clay subsoil from regions 7 and 20 km from the cold Atlantic Ocean.

VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS:

The 2019 growing season started with below-average rainfall in the growing regions. Although the average temperatures remained ideal for spring and early summer, the lower water levels in the soils resulted in small berries with concentrated acidity and tannin. Careful foliage management exposed the grapes to more sun to enhance skin thickness for higher extraction and intensity. Selecting the right picking dates was crucial to achieving optimal ripening and balance in the sugar-to-acid ratio, thereby promising vibrant, harmonious flavours.

WINEMAKING:

Grapes were harvested by hand before de-stemming to stainless-steel tanks. Fermentation took up to two weeks. Free-run wine was racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation and maturation in 90% French and 10% American oak 300L barrels (half first fill, half second fill), for 16 months. The wines were made individually to address each varietal’s need for undivided attention and to ensure that the varietals' unique characteristics and site expression were completely developed before blending. Selective tasting from the barrels determined the composition of the blend.

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