Robertson Winery Wolfkloof Shiraz 2004
Mulberry, cinnamon and clove aromas combine with flavours of blackberries and spice on the palate. Soft, ripe tannins and well-integrated oak provide structure and a plushly textured mouth-feel.
Up to 7 years
In The Vineyard
The Wolfkloof Shiraz derives its balance and structure from the vineyardâ€™s situation on the cool south-facing slope at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, with its water-retaining Oakleaf soils. Careful vineyard management resulted in a harvest of small, concentrated berries. The farm has been owned by the Viljoen family, one of Robertson Wineryâ€™s 43 member families, since 1886.
Soil type: Deep Oakleaf
Trellising: Five-wire Perold system
Water management: Regulated deficit irrigation resulting in small berries and concentration of flavour
Row direction: South-east to north-west
Viticulturist: Briaan Stipp
About The Harvest
The grapes were hand-harvested in small baskets at 26,5Â° Balling/Brix (14.5 BaumÃ©) in mid March 2004.
Yield: 6 tons per hectare
In The Cellar
Fermentation took place in small open fermenters at 28Â° - 30Â° Celsius. The cap was punched down manually every 3 hours to extract colour and flavour.
Barrel maturation: 18 Months in new 225-litre barrels (80% French and 20% American oak)
Bottling date: 16 February 2006