Kloovenburg Shiraz, Swartland (6 Bottle Case)

South Africa

 

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The farm's core wine and that on which its reputation, if not part of Swartland's longer term reputation, has been built. Fine, textured, bright and beautifully measured stuff.

Made from 100% Shiraz grapes from three different blocks on the Estate. Planted on schist and weathered sandstone soils, the vines are between 7 - 18 years old. All grapes are handpicked during the early morning hours and then cooled overnight in a temperature - controlled room at 5 °C. Most (85%) of these grapes are then crushed and destemmed, whilst the remaining 15% is fermented as whole cluster. This is followed by a three day cold soak at 9 °C, covered with a CO₂ blanket. Natural fermentation takes place in both open fermenters and closed stainless steel tanks. Extraction is obtained by regular pump - overs and punch - downs. After fermentation is completed, the wine is left on the skins for another 14 days and then pressed to 20% new Allier French oak barrels. The pressed section is kept separate. Malolactic bacteria are inoculated and malolactic fermentation is completed in the barrel. The wine is then racked from the lees and given a low dose of sulphur. The wine spend a total of 16 months in the barrel before it is blended and bottled.

Intense ruby red colour leads through to aromas of intense black and red fruit with hints of violets and peppery notes combined with gentle spice. The palate is medium full bodied with good structure finishing with soft and silky tannins.

Great with leaner red meat, stew and mildly spicy foods.

Please note: All case wine orders can take between 7-10 days for delivery.

Country: South Africa
Region: Swartland
Grapes:  Shiraz 100%
ABV:  14%
Volume: 6 x 75cl
Vintage: 2015
Suitable for Vegetarians: No
Suitable for Vegans: 
No

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