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Zonnebloem Limited Edition Shiraz 2011

Technical Analysis
Winemaker
Bonny van Niekerk
Main Variety
Shiraz
Alcohol
14.54 %vol
RS
2.34 g/l
TA
6.40 g/l
VA
30.7 g/l
Characteristics
Type
Red
Style
Dry
Body
Full

Tasting Notes

Colour: Deep ruby.
Bouquet:  Elegant and spicy with rich plum, ripe berry, pepper and smoky aromas. 
Palate:  Full and rich with a complex mixture of berry and plum flavours with spice, gentle tannins and integrated wood flavours.

Ageing Potential

These full-bodied wines are well-structured to show varietal character with rich, robust flavours, yet remain accessible and easy to drink with a soft palate, and in the case of the reds, to last for five to 10 years.

Blend Information

100% Shiraz

Food Suggestions

Excellent enjoyed on its own or served with game or red meat dishes.

In The Vineyard

Annelie Viljoen (Viticulturist)
The grapes were sourced from mainly trellised vineyards in Stellenbosch Kloof, Helderberg and Devon Valley. Mostly south-west facing, they derive the maximum benefit from cooling maritime breezes that contribute to slow ripening of the grapes and concentrated fruit flavours.

About The Harvest

Deon Boshoff (Cellar Master) / Bonny van Niekerk (Winemaker)
The grapes were harvested by hand in March at 24° to 25° Balling, when fruit and tannins were fully ripened but the berries and skins were still firm. The different vineyards blocks were separately vinified. Each tank was cold-soaked for five to seven da

In The Cellar

The different vineyards blocks were separately vinified. Each tank was cold-soaked for five to seven days. Fermentation on the skins took place for 10 to 12 days at 26°C. The juice was then was racked off the skins and the skins pressed. The pressed juice was returned proportionally to add complexity to the wine. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged in new-fill French and American oak barrels for 14 months.

Other Vintages

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Zonnebloem Limited Edition Shiraz 2007 Bonny van Niekerk Shiraz

Additional Information

Crafting Contemporary Classics
South African wines so often tread the line between the old world and the new and for Zonnebloem’s range of award winning wines, this balance between classic and contemporary is ever present. Zonnebloem is a brand that stands for craftsmanship in all its forms. After all craft is at the heart of the winemaking process, from the farms that produce our grapes who use the earth as their canvas to create the fruit which lends our wines their rich, distinctive character; to the winemakers who use the skills they have learned and developed over decades to create the rich varietals and blends that make up the Zonnebloem staple. Our commitment to craft doesn’t end with the bottled product, Zonnebloem invests in craftsmen and artisans to ensure that every bottle is presented, and enjoyed, in a way that speaks to the craft that went into its creation.

A CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE
Zonnebloem has a storied history going back to the establishment of the original estate in 1692, but the true story of Zonnebloem Wines starts in 1856 when the original estate was divided between the sons of Petrus Malherbe. One of his sons named his portion Zonnebloem. The farm was later purchased by the Furter family and in 1940 Frederik Furter’s granddaughter Marie took over winemaking at the estate and met with almost instant success winning three trophies at the prestigious Cape Wine Show. She went on to repeat this feat a further three times. It is stories like this that inspire us, and it is why we strive to seek out and recognise excellence in craftsmanship wherever we may find it, because what is excellent today, would have been excellent in the past and will still be considered excellent tomorrow.

CONTACT DETAILS

Zonnebloem Wines

phone  +27.218097000
fax  +27.218839651

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