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SHIRAZ

SHIRAZ

2016

Appellation:
Swartland
Varieties:
100% Shiraz
Harvest date:
Mid February to mid March 2017
Yield:
7.5 ton/ha
Analysis:
Alc 13.55%
TA 5.3 g/l
pH 3.56
RS 2.5 g/l

Tasting notes

This striking Shiraz shows opulent, bright fruit on the nose and a beautifully elegant palate of round tannins layered with clove spice, ripe cherries and violets.

Drinkability

Enjoy right now or keep for up to four years.

Food pairing

Complements food fit for a feast, such as roast duck, grilled meat and hearty pasta dishes.

In the vineyard

Our vineyards have predominantly andy-loam topsoil with well-structured subsoil on weathered rock. This soil type is less likely to become dense and has a low clay percentage, making it ideal for retaining moisture and providing much-needed water during our hot, dry summers. We use clones SA21 and SA22, which were planted in 1997. The vines are rooted on Richter 99.

In the cellar

No oak was used during the ageing of this Shiraz, resulting in a very fruit-forward and spicy wine. The grapes were picked at 23 to 25 degrees Balling, after which the whole berries were fermented in stainless steel tanks. The skins were pressed at different alcohol levels, adding to the wine’s complexity.

The vintage

The 2016 vintage was a warm and dry, but healthy growing season. Lower yields and smaller berries contributed to good structure and concentration of fruit flavours.

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SHIRAZ

2014

Appellation:
Swartland
Varieties:
100% Shiraz
Harvest date:
Beginning to mid March
Yield:
7.5 ton/ha
Analysis:
Alc 13.75%
TA 5.7 g/l
pH 3.56
RS 2.5 g/l

In the cellar

Grapes were picked at 23 – 25 degrees Balling, where after whole-berry fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks. The skins were pressed at different alcohol levels to created more complexity. No oak was used during the ageing of this Shiraz, making for a very fruit forward and spicy wine.

Bottling date

End of August 2015

Drinkability

Ready to drink now. Can keep for 4 years.

Vineyard

Predominantly, the soil-type found in our vineyards has a sandy-loam topsoil with well-structured subsoil, on weathered rock. This soil has a low tendency to densify and a moderate clay percentage, bringing about high water-holding capacity, thus providing the much needed water during our hot summers in this dry-land vineyard. Clones sa21 and sa22 were planted in 1997, rooted on Richter 99 and trellised on 4-wired extended-perold with average vigour.

Tasting notes

Opulent, bright fruit. A beautifully elegant palate with round tannins, layered with clove spice, ripe cherries and violets.

Food pairing suggestions

Works on its own or paired with feast-worthy foods like roasted duck, grilled meats and delicious pastas.

General & vintage

2014 was a tricky vintage with lots of rain during spring and summer – a challenge for the winemaker. This wine reflects the fact that with good skills, the winemaker can create great wines in difficult years.

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SHIRAZ

2013

Appellation:
Swartland
Varieties:
100% Shiraz
Harvest date:
Beginning to mid March
Yield:
7.5 ton/ha
Analysis:
Alc 13.75%
TA 5.7 g/l
pH 3.56
RS 2.5 g/l

In the cellar

Grapes were picked at 23 – 25 degrees Balling, where after whole-berry fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks. The skins were pressed at different alcohol levels to created more complexity. No oak was used during the ageing of this Shiraz, making for a very fruit forward and spicy wine.

Bottling date

January 2014

Drinkability

Ready to drink now. Can keep for 4 years.

Vineyard

Predominantly, the soil-type found in our vineyards has a sandy-loam topsoil with well-structured subsoil, on weathered rock. This soil has a low tendency to densify and a moderate clay percentage, bringing about high water-holding capacity, thus providing the much needed water during our hot summers in this dry-land vineyard. Clones sa21 and sa22 were planted in 1997, rooted on Richter 99 and trellised on 4-wired extended-perold with average vigour.

Tasting notes

Opulent, bright fruit. A beautifully elegant palate with round tannins, layered with clove spice, ripe cherries and violets.

Food pairing suggestions

Works on its own or paired with feast-worthy foods like roasted duck, grilled meats and delicious pastas.

General & vintage

The Swartland area produces some of the best and certainly the most interesting Shiraz wines in South Africa. 2013 was a super vintage for the Swartland area with enough winter rains, a cool spring and summer.

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