Simonsig Mr Borio's Shiraz 2011

Simonsig Mr Borio's Shiraz 2011

Plum with a youthful purplish rim. Vibrant layers of red berries and cherries encrusted in black fruit with a touch of vanilla pod. The sweet spice of Mr Borio melds with subtle yet remarkable oak notes creating a feast of mouth filling flavours. The tamed tannins ensure that the character of Mr Borio is captured, leaving you wanting for more.

This wine pairs exceptionally well with ham or bacon stuffed mushrooms, monkeygland burgers, cottage or venison pie, braaied/char grilled ribs or chops and certainly a meat lover's Pizza.

variety : Shiraz [ 100% Shiraz ]
winemaker : Johan Malan
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.83 % vol  rs : 2.81 g/l  pH : 3.55  ta : 5.8 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 0  closure : Cork  

AWARDS

2011
2013 Veritas Wine Awards - Gold
2013 International Wine and Spirit Competition - Gold
2009
2012 Platter's Guide - 3 stars
2011 Veritas - Silver Medal
2007
2011 Wine of the Month Club Winner
2011 Platter's Guide: 3 stars
2005
2009 Michelangelo Awards - Gold Medal
2004
2009 Wine Magazine's Best Value Awards
2008 Michelangelo International Wine Awards - Silver Medal

ageing : Can be enjoyed now, but further ageing of three to five years from vintage would be highly rewarded.

in the vineyard : Background
In 1993 a new planting program was started for Shiraz and only the best available clones were planted. These clones are all virus treated and are sourced from South Africa, France and Argentina. The 1996 Shiraz was the first wine to include grapes from the new plantings. The new clones ripen earlier with high sugar levels and show an abundance of colour and fruit flavours. The yields are also higher; therefore green harvesting is applied to limit the yield. Shiraz is the most planted grape variety on Simonsig Estate, as the terroir is perfectly suited to produce excellent quality Shiraz.

Vintage Description
The 2011 vintage will go down in history as a windy, dry and hotter than normal year. At Simonsig Estate the vintage was 33% more than in 2010, but it should be kept in mind that 2010 was 20% smaller. The young vineyards such as the Shiraz accounted for the biggest increase in tonnage. We are very pleased with the outcome of this Shiraz crop because excellent quality still prevailed.

about the harvest: The sugar levels jumped to 25-26°B and it was a mad rush to pick as quickly as possible.

in the cellar : Style of Wine Full bodied and richly flavoured dry red

15 months oaking. 51% American White Oak, 49% French Oak. 2% Second Fill, 58% Third Fill,6% Fouth Fill and 34% Fifth Fill.

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