Teen die Hoog Shiraz 2014

'Teen die Hoog' Shiraz vineyards located more than 1000m above sea level. The highest vineyard in the country is on a cool south easterly facing red slate hill. The name given by the farm workers as it reminds them of the toughest pick of the season. The Cederberg climate allows for a long ripening period providing us with grapes picked at a great phenolic ripeness. The Shiraz shows great fruit intensity with aromas of mulberries and blackberries with a combination of liquorice and violets on the nose. A firm structure on the palate and a long lingering aftertaste of dark berries and spices makes this an excellent wine to cellar for a further five to eight years. An exclusive wine of less than 1000 bottles.

ANALYSIS
Alcohol 15% Vol Sugar 3.6 g/l
TA 5.9 g/l pH 3.52
ACCOLADES
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '16: 4.5 Stars - 2013 vintage
  • Syrah du Monde '16: Silver - 2013 vintage
  • Syrah de Monde '15: Gold - 2012 vintage
  • Robert Parker '14: 92 points - 2012 vintage
  • Syrah de Monde '14: Winner - 2011 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '14: 5 stars - 2011 vintage
  • SA Wine Guide Index Awards '13: Platinum - 2011 vintage
  • Wine Spectator: 92 points - 2011 vintage
  • Stephen Tanzer: 93 points - 2011 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '13: 5 stars - 2010 vintage
  • Stephen Tanzer: 92 points - 2010 vintage
  • Wine Spectator, Oct '12: 94 points - 2010 vintage
  • Stephen Tanzer: 91 points - 2009 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '12: 4 stars - 2009 vintage
  • Wine Spectator: 92 points - 2009 vintage
  • Stephen Tanzer: 90 points - 2008 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '11: 4 stars - 2008 vintage
  • Wine Spectator: 93 - 2008 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '09: 4.5 stars - 2007 vintage
  • Wine Spectator: 91 - 2007 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '08: 4.5 stars - 2006 vintage
  • Wine Spectator: 92 - 2006 vintage
  • Cape Winemakers Guild '07: Guild Auction Wine - 2005 vintage
  • Wine Spectator: 93 - 2005 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '07: 4.5 stars - 2005 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '07: 4.5 stars - 2004 vintage
  • Cape Winemakers Guild '07: Guild Auction Wine - 2004 vintage
VINEYARDS & VINIFICATION

Facing: South east
Soil types: Red slate
Age of vines: 16 years
Vineyard area: 0.5 ha
Yield per hectare: 4.2 t/ha
Trellised: Extended 6 wire Perold
Irrigation: Supplementary
Clone: SH 1 on Richter 99
Harvest date: 24 March 2014
Degree balling at harvest: Early morning hand harvested at 25 - 26°B
Vinification: Closed tanks, cold maceration for 3 days, 15% juice bleeding directly after crush, pump over every 6 hours with 3 punch downs during peak fermentation; Ferments at 25 - 28°C, 14 days extended skin contact. Malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels; Barrel maturation: 225l tight grain 100% new French oak, medium toast, maturation for 15 months. Only 3 barrels selected.
Optimum drinking time: 4 - 8 years

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