SOURCE: This 2013 Shiraz was produced from fully ripe grapes harvested from Haut Espoir in the Franschhoek region.
WEATHER: Heavy rain consistently throughout the year and snow on the mountains in November.
HARVESTING: The grapes were hand harvested in the coolness of early morning on the 26th March 2013.
VINIFICATION: Grapes were de-stemmed, but not crushed, and transferred to open plastic fermentation tanks. There was also a very small percentage of whole bunches added to each bin of de-stemmed grapes. Wild fermentation was done on all the bins. The grapes were pressed by hand using the basket press and transferred to barrel, where it underwent Malolactic fermentation. Wine was matured in these barrels for 39 months before bottling by hand.
TASTING NOTES: This Shiraz is a typical example of the terroir on the Scherpheuwelberg. White pepper and dark cherry are the dominant characters. Complexity is added from sensitive oaking and barrel maturation.
FOOD ACCOMPANIMENT: Rich stews, barbecued meat and matured hard cheeses. This wine is released ready to drink and will develop further with bottle ageing.
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: Alc. 14.74% - pH 3.75 - Total acid 5.83 g/l - Residual Sugar 2.78 g/l
PRODUCTION: 779 Bottles