Rijk's Private Cellar Shiraz 2013

Cellar Practices

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.

Characteristics

Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit- full bodied.

Analysis                              

Winemaker:  Pierre Wahl                         

Viticulturist:  Neville Dorrington

Residual sugar:  2.9 g/l

Acidity:  5.9 g/l

pH:  3.47

Alcohol  14.69 %

Appelation   Tulbagh

In the Vineyard

Soil  low yielding well drained vertical schale / schist  Aspect  west, north and east

Trellis and bush vines.

Tasting Notes

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.

Cultivar

100% Shiraz

Harvest

Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 5.7 tons / ha

Ageing Potential

At least 15 years after vintage

Serving Temperature

Recommended to be served at 17ÂșC

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