Rijk's Reserve Shiraz 2012

Cellar Practices

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 25% new, 50% 2nd fill and 25% 3rd fill 300 litre French barrels. Bottled and aged till released.

Characteristics

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

Analysis                              

Winemaker:  Pierre Wahl                         

Viticulturist:  Neville Dorrington

Residual sugar:  2.7 g/l

Acidity:  5.7 g/l

pH:  3.46

Alcohol  14.78%

Appelation   Tulbagh

In the Vineyard

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

Trellis and bush vines.

Tasting Notes

Intense deep red colour. The primary impression on the nose is that of ripe red fruit, plums and cherries, with the background filled with vibrant oak spice with black friut undertones. A multi-layered rich palate is rounded off with silky tannins and seamless integration adds real depth and complexity.

Cultivar

100% Shiraz

Harvest

Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 5.3 tons / ha

Ageing Potential

At least 15 or more years after vintage

Serving Temperature

Recommended to be served at 17ÂșC

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