Cape of Good Hope - Riebeeksrivier Western Slopes 2016

Cape of Good Hope - Riebeeksrivier Western Slopes 2016

Gentle whiffs of violet underpin plum, blueberry and a brush of fynbos. The palate is initially plush and pillowy with plump berry notes. The intensity ramps up and an earthy and herbal element becomes apparent. Succulent and refreshing with good acidity, it remains restrained and understated with firm, dry tannin from sympathetic wood maturation. Lithe and pliable with a long, spicy tail.

variety : Shiraz [ 91% Shiraz, 9% Grenache ]
winemaker : Dawie Botha
wine of origin : Swartland
analysis : alc : 14 % vol  rs : 2.4 g/l  pH : 3.50  ta : 3.4 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fragrant   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : With lower rainfall bringing challenging conditions, the total wine grape production was lower than 2015. Even with drier weather conditions, the vineyards were healthy and produced smaller berries with high flavour concentration and good colour. 2016 May not be as upfront as the renowned 2015 vintage, but be sure to give it some time, for the depth and subtle structure indicates a very promising wine.

about the harvest: Grapes were handpicked in small lug boxes and transported to the cellar in cool trucks.

in the cellar : After hand sorting, all components were handled and fermented separately. Fermentation was done in various vessels, this ensures that the unique characteristics of each block and cultivar are captured and emphasized. The wine was aged in a combination of 4th and 5th fill barrels for 16 to 18 months. The blend and percentages will change with each vintage, seeing that no vintage is ever the same.

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