Rijk's Reserve Shiraz 2012
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.
Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit- full bodied. Special Reserve selection
Winemaker: Pierre Wahl
Viticulturist: Neville Dorrington
Residual sugar: 2.7 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.
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.
Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 5.3 tons / ha
At least 15 or more years after vintage
Recommended to be served at 17ºC