Rietvallei Wine Estate > Shiraz 2018
R120 per bottle

R720.00 per case

Shiraz 2018

Shiraz 2018

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VITICULTURE
Rietvallei Estate mostly comprises calcareous (red clay & lime mix) soils. The Shiraz is from two vineyards planted in 1995 and 2005 respectively.

WINEMAKING

The Shiraz grapes are picked at optimum ripeness at about 26 °Balling (Brix) and vinified separately. After destemming and light crushing, the mash is taken to open concrete tanks where traditional winemaking methods are still applied. During fermentation, the temperature is regulated at 25 -28° Celsius and the cap regularly soaked by the traditional method of pushing the skins down into the must manually every two hours. This, together with pumping-over of the must onto the skins allows the colour and flavour to be extracted very effectively. It takes about five days to ferment dry and is then left on the skins for another five days before racking and pressing. After malolactic fermentation starts, the wine is transferred to 300-litre French oak barrels where it is left to mature for 12 months.


WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS

This 100% Shiraz replaces the Shiraz-dominated blend of previous vintages. The wine is an intense ruby red coloured and complex, expressing flavours of berry fruit, ground pepper spice and peachy fruit. The palate is alive with berry fruit and the peppery, spicy and toasted oak flavours are well- integrated. A full-bodied wine with pleasant ripe tannins and a smooth, lingering aftertaste.


FOOD PAIRING & SERVING SUGGESTION

Pair with pizzas, pastas, game or any red meat. Serve at room temperature (18°C).


WINE ANALYSIS

Residual Sugar: 3.5 g/l
Alcohol: 13,56 %
Acidity: 5,9 g/l
PH: 3.46 VA: 0.67 g/l
Total Extract: 36,2 g/l
Total SO2: 126 mg/l
Free SO2: 19 mg/l


PACKAGING DETAILS

Bottle volume: 750ml
Case size: 6 x 750ml
Pallet size: 90 x 6 x 750ml
Case weight: 9.4 kg
Closure: Natural Cork


 

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