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Cellar Foot Underwater Syrah 2011

Technical Analysis
Winemaker
Craig Hawkins
Main Variety
Shiraz
Appellation
West Coast
Alcohol
12.5 %vol
pH
3.52
RS
2.5 g/l
TA
6.0 g/l
Characteristics
Type
Red
Style
Dry

Tasting Notes

Purity of fruit would correctly sum up this wine - it dominates the nose and the palate with tannins that are literally non-existent. The wine is pure drinking pleasure

Blend Information

100% Syrah

In The Vineyard

The wine was made from a single trellised block of Syrah, 18 years of age and yielding 4 tons/ha. Dry-land farmed.

About The Harvest

A warm January preceded the harvest in February, resulting in smaller grapes and bunches than usual. Picking occurred by hand in small 20kg crates in the early morning to ensure cool grapes.

In The Cellar

Fermented in large concrete tanks for 2 weeks with 50 % whole bunches. The juice was then racked off the skins directly into 4 x 225L barrels which were then submerged underwater in a large open concrete tank. The water was changed every 3 weeks to ensure fresh, clean water. Full malolactic fermentation took place underwater. After 11 months the wine was racked and blended, a touch of SO2 was added for the first time before being bottled un-fined and unfiltered.

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