Rijk's Reserve Shiraz 2011
A 48 hour cold maceration was given prior to fermentation to extract colour and fruit. 30% whole bunch pressed. Extraction by a combination of punch downs and pipeage were done 3 times a day. MLF took place in barrels. Matured for 22 months in 40% new and 60% 2nd fill 300 litre French barrels. Bottled and aged till released.
Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit- full bodied. Special Reserve selection
Winemaker: Pierre Wahl
Viticulturist: Neville Dorrington
Residual sugar: 2.5 g/l
Acidity: 5.7 g/l
In the Vineyard
Soil low yielding well drained vertical schale / schist Aspect west and east
Trellis and bush vines.
Exceptional deep red colour. Complex nose of white and black pepper spices with bramble and black fruit undertones. Vibrant acid level which carries through onto a multi-layered rich palate rounded off by smooth silky tannins. The integration of oak spice and tannin add depth and complexity. Superb fine dining wine.
Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 4.6 tons / ha
At least 15 or more years after vintage
Recommended to be served at 17ºC