2009 Decanter World Wine Awards - South African Red Rhone Varietal under £10 Trophy.
Colour: Deep purple red in colour, typical of the variety, with bright red hues on the rim of the glass.
Palate: Bold, but elegant dark fruit flavours backed by firm velvety tannins make for a very enjoyable Shiraz. Notes of dark spice and vanilla on the nose along with good fruit notes.
Drink now, or store for another 2 – 4 years.
Rich meaty stews and pastas or game dishes.
Warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Limited Irrigation, mainly dry land, bush vine vineyards.
Harvested at optimum physiological ripeness, between 24 – 26° B.
The grapes are destemmed, gently crushed and fermented in stainless steel at 26 – 28°C. Drained and pressed at 5° B and inoculated with malolactic bacteria. After completion of MLF racked , sterile filtrated and transferred to 225 litre French oak barrels. Racked once after 4 months in oak and aged for another 8 months under strict temperature and humidity control.
Post Blending Treatment: Barrels tasted and blended together. One third new oak, one third second fill and one third older barrels. Bottle aged for a couple of months before release.