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    Saronsberg Shiraz 2015

    The wine has a deep, dark purple colour with succulent ripe fruit flavours, both dark and red are supported with scents of violets and delicate spice. The mouth-feel has depth and clarity of fruit with integrated oak flavours. Finely crafted tannins and a beautiful layered fruit infused finish.
    Type : Red
    Style : Dry
    Body : Full
    Taste : Fruity

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    After harvesting, the grapes were then bunch sorted, destemmed and berry sorted on vibration tables by 25 highly trained staff. Depending on the vineyard the berries were gently crushed into a satellite tank and deposited in open and closed fermenters while some were kept whole. The must was dejuiced by10 – 12% depending on the vineyard. It was given a cold soak of 3 – 5 days at 8 °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 either BM45, L2056 or D254 yeast. The fermentation temperature was allowed to peak at 28 °C and then brought down to 24 °C.

    The fermenting cap was manually punched down four times daily and one pumpover per day. The rest was given extended maceration after fermentation. Total time on the skins varies from 11 to 28 days. The wine was then pressed into 90% new and 10 % second-fill Allier French oak barrels. The press fraction was separated. Malolactic bacteria were inoculated and malolactic fermentation was completed in the barrels. After malolactic fermentation the wines were given a low sulphur dose and left on the gross lees for 10 months.

    The wine was then racked, blended and returned to barrels. After a total of 20 months in barrels the wine was racked and filtered through a coarse sheet filter. Bottling was done with a fine sheet filtration. On a small number of vineyards wholebunch fermentations were done at varying percentages for greater flavor diversity.

    Winemaker : Dewaldt Heyns
    Main Variety : Shiraz
    Alcohol : 14.55 %vol
    pH : 3.50
    RS : 3.3 g/l
    Total Acid : 5.9 – 6.3 g/l
    Volatile Acidity : 0.63 g/l
    SO2 : 91 mg/l
    Free SO2 : 30 mg/l
    Appellation : Tulbagh

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    100% Shiraz

    Cultivar: Shiraz
    Clones: SH1, SH9, SH21, SH22
    Rootstock: R99, R110, SO4 and Mgt 101-14
    Age: Average 10 years
    Soil: Partially weathered shale soils with a hight percentage coarse fragment and some red-yellow clay-loam soils.

    The grapes were hand-picked in the early morning and force cooled to 4° C.
    Yield: 6.2 ton/ha (39 hl/ha)
    Balling: 24.6°B
    pH: 3.42
    Total acid: 5.8 – 6.4g/l 

    2014 Vintage
    Gold Decanter 2016
    Double Gold Top 100 SA 2016
    Gold Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2016

    2013 Vintage
    Gold IWC 2015; Decanter Regional Trophy 2015
    Gold Syrah du Monde 2015
    Tim Atkin MW Report 2015 94
    Michelangelo Awards 2015 Gold, Veritas 2015 Gold

    2012 Vintage
    2015 Gold Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
    2015 Gold Decanter
    2015 Top 100 SA Wine Challenge
    2014 Double Gold WineStyle People’s Choice Awards
    2014 Gold International Wine Challenge
    2014 Classic Wine Top 6
    2014 International Wine and Spirit Competition – Silver Outstanding
    2014 South Africa Top Shiraz Awards – Top 12 South African Shiraz for 2014
    2014 Gold Michelangelo Awards

    2011 Vintage
    2013 Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA) – International Trophy: Best in Show – Red Rhone Varietals International Trophy
    2014 Platter Wine Guide – 5 Star Rating
    2013 Veritas Wine Awards – Double Gold
    2013 International Wine and Spirit Competition – Silver
    2013 Michelangelo International Wine Awards – Silver
    2013 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Awards – Bronze
    2013 Decanter Awards – Gold

    2010 Vintage
    2013 China Wine & Spirit Awards Best Value(CWSA) – Silver
    2013 Platter Wine Guide – 5 Star Rating
    2012 Veritas Wine Awards – Silver
    2012 International Wine Challenge – Bronze
    2012 Syrah du Monde – Gold
    2012 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – Silver
    2012 SAWI Top SA Wines – Grand Gold
    2012 Michelangelo International Wine Awards – Gold

    2009 Vintage
    2012 Michelangelo International Wine Awards – Gold

    2008 Vintage
    2011 Concours Mondial De Bruxelles – Gold
    2011 Top 100 SA Wines Status
    2010 Michelangelo International Wine Awards – Gold
    2010 Veritas – Double Gold
    2010 Winemakers’ Choice Diamond Awards – Diamond

    2007 Vintage
    2010 Michelangelo International Wine Awards – Double Gold
    2010 SA Wine Ratings – 96+ Club
    2009 Michelangelo International Wine Awards – Gold
    2009 Veritas – Double Gold
    2009 Winemakers’ Choice Diamond Awards – Diamond

    2006 Vintage
    2008 Veritas – Gold
    2008 Michelangelo International Wine Awards – Double Gold
    2008 Juliet Cullinan Wine Connoisseurs’ Awards – Gold
    2008 Swiss International Airline Awards – Gold

    2005 Vintage
    2007 Winemakers’ Choice Diamond Awards – Diamond
    2007 Veritas – Double Gold
    2008 Winemakers’ Choice Diamond Awards – Diamond

    2004 Vintage
    2005 Veritas – Double Gold
    2005 Michelangelo International Wine Awards – Double Gold
    2006 Swiss International Airline Awards – Gold

     

     

     

     

     

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