Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Shiraz 2003

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Shiraz 2003

This wine has prominent blackberries, pronounced pepper and savoury floral flavours. These flavours are well integrated with velvety ripe tannins, providing a long, lingering aftertaste. Palate is full bodied with rich, ripe fruit and sleek tannins.

Enjoy with red meat, such as pot-roasted venison, lamb and spicy food. This wine will also be complemented by ripe, rich flavoured Blue and Camembert cheeses.

variety : Shiraz [ Shiraz ]
winemaker : Johan Joubert
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.4 % vol  rs : 3.0 g/l  pH : 3.62  ta : 6.4 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS

Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2004 - Grand D’Or Winner
Mundus Vini International Wine Competition 2004 - Gold Medal
International Wine Challenge Russia 2004 - Gold Medal
5 Star Rating and Winner of Wine Magazine Shiraz Challenge 2005

ageing : The Shiraz 2002 can be matured for 6-8 years optimum.

in the vineyard : The relatively cool ripening period of the vintage 2003 paved the way for Shiraz fruit to be harvested at full ripeness. Small berries were formed resulting in a deep red colour. The slow ripening period produced concentrated Shiraz-fruit flavours.

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested at 25° Balling.

in the cellar : After crushing, the grapes were cold macerated for three days before fermentation started. During fermentation the juice was regularly pumped over for maximum colour and flavour extraction. After fermentation in a stainless steel tank, the wine was inoculated and malolactic fermentation completed in barrels. The wine was then matured in 100% first fill French and American oak barrels for 18 months.
Oak Maturation: 85% Allier French oak barrels; 15% Fine-grain American oak barrels