2008 Michelangelo World Wine Awards - Gold Medal
2008 Michelangelo World Wine Awards - Gold Medal Dark ruby red with slight purple edges.
Bouquet: A combination of rich plum and blackcurrant with a rich earthy undertone.
Taste: Rich, but refined dark berries with a spicy finish that lingers are underpinned from strong, soft tannins.
With the fruit and wood well integrated, this well structured wine will make the wine improve over the next 5 years.
The winemaker suggests serving it with game casseroles, red meat dishes, robust cheeses or chocolate.
Papkuilsfonteins deep, red Tukulu
soils have excellent water retention properties and ensure the
dryland vines are not unduly water-stressed. The farm, situated just
25 kms from the sea, enjoys relatively cool temperatures. Maritime
breezes cool the vineyards while a range of hillocks protects the
vines from the harsh south-easter in summer.
In addition, the farm
has an above-average rainfall for the West Coast.
The grapes for this wine come from
unirrigated bush vines, ranging in age from 9 to 32 years and
yielding 6 tons per hectare. Suckering of the vines ensured good
aeration, light penetration, bud fertility and colour intensity.
The grapes were hand-harvested at 25.0° Balling, resulting in tannins that are ripe and fruit flavours concentrated and intense.
After harvesting the grapes were fermented on the skins at between 23° and 25° C until dry. To ensure optimal extraction of colour and flavour, the cap was broken regularly through pumping. After racking, the skins were pressed, and the pressed juice returned to the free-run juice. Malolactic fermentation was induced in the tank.
The wine spent 12 months in a combination of French (40%), American (45%) and Eastern European (15%) oak. The use of American oak was to impart sweet, vanilla flavours.