Rijk's Private Cellar Shiraz 2013
A 48 hour cold maceration was given prior to fermentation to extract colour and fruit. During fermentation, extraction by a combination of punch downs and pipeage were done 3 times a day. MLF took place in the barrel. Matured for 22 months in 35% new, 40% 2nd fill and 25% 3rd fill 300 litre French oak barrels.
Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit- full bodied.
Winemaker: Pierre Wahl
Viticulturist: Neville Dorrington
Residual sugar: 2.9 g/l
Acidity: 5.9 g/l
Alcohol 14.69 %
In the Vineyard
Soil low yielding well drained vertical schale / schist Aspect west, north and east
Trellis and bush vines.
The complex wine from a great vintage has an enchanting deep red colour and complex aromas of mulberry, black fruit and cinnamon, with spicy vanilla undertones. Mature but soft tannin structure which gives a rounded yet complex palate. The fruit and character has integrated well with the oak that was selected for ageing. Broad and creamy with a long aftertatse. An elegant vintage to remember.
Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 5.7 tons / ha
At least 15 years after vintage
Recommended to be served at 17ºC