Shiraz 2015

A complex Shiraz filled with intense red fruit, mulberry and cherries on the nose. 15 Months in oak showing hints of sweet spice and vanilla. Red berries follow through on the palate and finishes off with a smooth lingering sensation. A well-crafted Shiraz that allows you to cellar the wine for a few years developing into a sensational wine. Pair with South African game, powerful cheeses such as young cheddar or gruyere or indulge by pairing with intricate dark bitter chocolate.

ANALYSIS
Alcohol 14.5 % vol Sugar 3.8 g/l
TA 5.6 g/l pH 3.61
ACCOLADES
  • Veritas '16: Silver - 2015 vintage
  • Michelangelo Wine Awards '16: Platinum - 2014 vintage
  • Veritas '16: Silver - 2014 vintage
  • Six Nations Wine Challenge '16: Trophy - 2013 vintage
  • SAWI Awards '16: Platinum
  • Tim Atkin '16: 95 points - 2014 vintage
  • IWSC '16: Silver Outstanding - 2014 vintage
  • Shiraz Challenge '16: Top 12 - 2014 vintage
  • Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards '16 District: Top Shiraz - 2014 vintage
  • Concours Mondial de Bruxelles '16: Gold - 2014 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards '16: Platinum - 2014 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards '16: Best SA Red Rhône varietal over £15 - 2014 vintage
  • IWC '16: Silver - 2014 vintage
  • NWC/Top 100 SA '16: Top 100/Double Platinum - 2014 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '16: Four star - 2013 vintage
  • Wine Spectator Review '16: 91 points - 2012 vintage
  • Veritas '15: Gold - 2013 vintage
  • IWSC '15: Gold - 2013 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards '15: Gold - 2013 vintage
  • Tim Atkin '15: 94 points - 2013 vintage
  • Concours Mondial de Bruxelles '15: Silver - 2013 vintage
  • International Wine Challenge '15: Bronze - 2013 vintage
  • Stephen Tanzer '15: 88 points - 2013 vintage
  • Shiraz SA Wine Challenge '15: Top 12 - 2013 vintage
  • Old Mutual Trophy '15: Silver - 2013 vintage
  • Top100 SA Wines '15: Top 100 - 2013 vintage
  • Veritas '14: Double Gold - 2012 vintage
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards '14: Silver - 2012 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '15: 4 stars - 2012 vintage
  • Syrah de Monde '15: Silver - 2012 vintage
  • Decanter '14: 92 points - 2012 vintage
  • Michelangelo Wine Awards '13: Gold - 2011 vintage
  • Veritas '13: Silver - 2011 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '14: 4 stars - 2011 vintage
  • Syrah de Monde '14: Top 10 #7 - 2011 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards '14: Regional Trophy - 2011 vintage
  • Concours Mondial De Bruxelles '14: Gold - 2011 vintage
  • Shiraz SA Wine Challenge '14: Top 12 - 2011 vintage
  • Robert Parker '14: 90 points - 2011 vintage
  • Tim Atkin '14: 93 points - 2011 vintage
  • Winestate Magazine Australia '14: 5 stars - 2011 vintage
  • Wine Spectator '13: 91 points - 2010 vintage
  • Terroir '13: Top Shiraz - 2010 vintage
  • Michelangelo Wine Awards '12: Double Gold - 2010 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '13: 4 stars - 2010 vintage
  • Syrah du Monde '13: Silver - 2010 vintage
  • Veritas '12: Double Gold - 2010 vintage
  • China Wine Awards '12: Gold - 2009 vintage
  • Michelangelo Wine Awards '11: Gold - 2009 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '12: 4 stars - 2009 vintage
  • Top 100 SA Wines '12: Top 100 - 2009 vintage
  • Veritas '12: Gold - 2009 vintage
  • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Dec '12: 91 points - 2009 vintage
  • IWC '11: Silver - 2008 vintage
  • Wine Magazine, Aug '10: 3.5 stars - 2008 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '11: 4 stars - 2008 vintage
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards '10: Gold - 2008 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards '10: Silver - 2008 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards '11: Silver - 2008 vintage
  • Top 100 SA Wines, 2011: Top 100 - 2008 vintage
  • Veritas '11: Gold - 2008 vintage
  • Concours Mondial de Bruxelles '11: Gold - 2008 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards '09: Gold - 2007 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '09: 4 stars - 2007 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '08: 4 stars - 2006 vintage
  • Santam Classic Wine Trophy '09: Gold - 2006 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards '08: Int. Trophy: Best Rhône Varietal Red above £10 - 2006 vintage
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards '07: Gold - 2006 vintage
  • Concours Mondial du Bruxelles '08: Gold - 2006 vintage
  • Veritas '06: Double Gold - 2005 vintage
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards '06: Silver - 2005 vintage
  • Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show '07: Bronze - 2005 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '07: 4 stars - 2005 vintage
  • Wine Spectator: 89 - 2005 vintage
  • Vertias '06: Gold - 2004 vintage
  • Wine Magazine, Mar '06: 4 stars - 2004 vintage
  • Wine Magazine, Aug '06: 3.4 stars - 2004 vintage
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards '05: Silver - 2004 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '06: 4 stars - 2004 vintage
  • Wine Spectator: 84 - 2004 vintage
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards '05: Gold - 2003 vintage
  • Wine Magazine, Dec '04: 4 stars - 2003 vintage
  • Wine Magazine, Aug '05: 3.5 stars - 2003 vintage
  • Wine Magazine, Jun '05: 4.5 stars - 2003 vintage
  • Wine Magazine, Mar '07: 3.5 stars - 2003 vintage
  • Veritas '04: Silver - 2003 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '06: 4 stars - 2003 vintage
  • Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show '05: Bronze - 2003 vintage
  • Wine Spectator: 84 - 2003 vintage
  • Fairbairn Capital SA Trophy Wine Show '04: Trophy Winner: Best Red Wine - 2002 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '04: 4 stars - 2002 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '05: 4 stars - 2002 vintage
  • International 'WINE' Challenge '04: Silver Medal - 2002 vintage
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards '03: Gold - 2002 vintage
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards '04: Gold - 2002 vintage
  • Veritas '04: Gold - 2002 vintage
  • Veritas '03: Gold - 2002 vintage
  • Wine Magazine, Feb '04: 3.5 stars - 2002 vintage
  • Wine Magazine, Aug '04: 4.5 stars - 2002 vintage
  • Wine Magazine, Apr '07: 3.5 stars - 2002 vintage
  • Wine Magazine '04: Shiraz Challenge: Runner-up - 2002 vintage
  • Wine Spectator: 84 - 2002 vintage
  • Veritas '02: Silver - 2001 vintage
  • Wine Magazine, Dec '02: 3.5 stars - 2001 vintage
VINEYARDS & VINIFICATION

Facing: South east
Soil types: Red Slate and Hutton
Age of vines: 14 - 18 years
Vineyard area: 10.5 ha
Yield per hectare: 6 t/ha
Trellised: Extended 6 wire Perold
Irrigation: Supplementary
Clone: SH 1, 9 and 21 on Richter 99 and 110
Harvest date: 25 February - 23 March 2015
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 2 punch downs a day, maximum temperature 28°C; 14 days extended skin maceration; Barrel maturation: Medium toast 225l barrels used, combination of medium and tight grain oak for 15 months, 1st fill 60%, 2nd fill 40%, 95% French, 5% American
Optimum drinking time: 4 - 8 years

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