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    Saronsberg Full Circle 2014

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    The wine has a deep, dark purple colour with prominent ripe plum, red berry and floral
    flavours with undertones of spice. The oak is well balanced with full, firm yet accessible



    The grapes were hand-picked separately in the early morning and force-cooled to 4 °C. The Shiraz and Mourvedre components were all bunch-sorted, destemmed and berry-sorted on vibration tables by 25 highly trained staff. The berries were gently crushed into a satellite tank and deposited separately in open fermenters. The must was dejuiced by 12 to 15%. The Shiraz and Mourvedre were given a cold soak of 4 days at 9 °C protected by a CO2 blanket. The juice was pumped over once daily during this period. The tanks were then heated to 18 °C and inoculated with BM45 and D254 yeast. The fermentation temperature was allowed to peak at 28 °C.The fermenting cap was manually punched down four times with one pump-over daily. The Shiraz was given extended maceration after fermentation for a total of 22 days on the skins and then pressed into 100% new Allier French oak barrels. The Mourvedre was pressed at 0 °B and finished fermentation in barrels. The Viognier was cold fermented separately in barrels. The Grenache was allowed to start fermentation naturally and was partially fermented with whole bunches and punched down three times daily, after which it was pressed once fermentation was completed on the skins. The press fractions were separated. Malolactic bacteria were inoculated and malolactic fermentation was completed in the barrel.

    After malolactic fermentation the wines were given a low sulphur dose and left on gross lees for 11 months. The wine was then racked, the different components blended and returned to barrel. After a total of 20 months in barrel the wine was racked and filtered through a coarse sheet filter. Bottling was done with a fine sheet filtration.

    Main Variety : Shiraz
    Alcohol : 14.37 vol %
    pH : 3.44
    RS : 3.6 g/l
    Total Acid : 6.3 g/l
    Volatile Acidity : 0.63 g/l
    SO2 : 75 mg/l
    Free SO2 : 27 mg/l

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    89% Shiraz, 7% Grenache, 3% Mourvedre, 1% Viognier

    Clones: SH1, SH22, MT11, VI642
    Rootstock: R99 and Mgt 101-14
    Age: Average 9 years
    Soil:Structured red soils with coarse gravel and weathered shale soils

    The grapes were hand-picked separately in the early morning and force cooled to 4 °C.
    Harvest: 12 February to 3 March
    Yield: 4,5 tons per hectare (31 hl/ha)
    Balling: 25.5˚B

    2014 Vintage
    Top 100 SA Double Platinum 2016
    Gold IWC 2016
    IWC South African Red Wine Trophy 2016
    2013 Vintage
    Top 100 SA Wine Challenge 2015
    Gold IWC 2015
    IWC National Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre Trophy 2015
    IWC Regional Trophy 2015
    IWC South African Red Wine Trophy 2015
    Gold Decanter 2015
    Tim Atkin MW Report 2015 95
    Veritas 2015 Gold
    2012 Vintage
    Gold WineStyle People’s Choice Awards 2014
    TAJ Classic Wine Trophy 2015
    Top 100 SA Wine Challenge 2015
    Top 4 SA Shiraz Blend 2015
    2011 Vintage
    Platinum Michelangelo Awards
    Gold Veritas
    Gold Decanter Wine Awards
    Classic Wine Top 6
    6 Nation Wine Challenge
    Diamond Winemakers’ Choice Awards 2014
    2010 Vintage
    Gold 5 Nations Wine Challenge
    Platinum SAWi Awards
    2012 & 2013 Diamond Winemakers’ Choice
    Gold 2013 IWSC
    Trophy Taj Classic Wine Trophy
    Top 100 SA Wine
    Gold Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
    Double Gold Six Nations Wine Challenge
    Gold 2012 IWSC
    2009 Vintage
    Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2012 Gold
    2008 Vintage
    Decanter World Wine Awards 2011 Gold
    Veritas 2011 Double Gold
    Winemakers’ Choice 2011 Diamond
    Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2010 Gold
    Veritas 2010 Gold
    Top 100 SA Wines 2011
    2007 Vintage
    Veritas 2010 Double Gold
    2006 Vintage
    Veritas 2008 Gold
    Decanter World Wine Awards 2009 Gold
    Juliet Cullinan Wine Connoisseurs’ Awards 2008 Gold
    2005 Vintage
    Gold IWSC
    Gold Michelangelo Awards
    Gold (Best Red Wine) Swiss International Airline Awards
    Double Gold Veritas
    Trophy Red Wine &amp
    Diamond Winemaker’s Choice Awards
    Gold Michelangelo Awards 2007
    2004 Vintage
    Veritas 2005 Double Gold
    Winemakers’ Choice Awards 2005 Diamond






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