Zevenwacht 7even Rood 2011

A luscious lifestyle wine with hints of fruit and spice, giving a first impression of red berries and chocolate with slight cedar wood undertones. Soft pliable tannins lend subtle support to the structure, yet are unobtrusive on the succulent palate.

Our favourite combinations include seared tuna served on a bed of baby spinach or a good steak braaied to perfection and served with a pepper sauce. A vegan option is also wild mushroom risotto - simply enjoyable.

variety : Shiraz | 67% Shiraz, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Grenache, 5% Merlot
winemaker : Jacques Viljoen
wine of origin : Stellenbosch Polkadraai
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 3.24 g/l  pH : 3.53  ta : 5.4 g/l  so2 : 81 mg/l  fso2 : 37 mg/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Screwcap  

ageing : A wine to enjoy now!

in the vineyard : The grapes for this blend originate from prime vineyard sites that have been planted with new clones material. Most of the sites face southwest and do receive supplementary irrigation resulting in optimal ripeness, superbly concentrated flavours and ripe, supple tannins. A clay sub-soil retains essential moisture and the gravelly, granite derived topsoil allows for effective drainage.

in the cellar : For the 2011 7even Rood, we aimed for soft tannins and ripe dark fruits and used Rhone style varieties to achieve this. We blended 15% Cabernet Sauvignon with these varieties to give the wine focus and structure. 4th and 5th fill French 300L barrels were used to mature this wine and to add to the complexity.

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