Dornier The Pirate of Cocoa Hill Red 2015

Dornier The Pirate of Cocoa Hill Red 2015

The wine shows bright fruits on the nose with aromas of raspberry, cherry and a hint of eucalyptus. The palate shows smooth pure fruit with refined notes of sour cherry, plum and cranberry. The palate is full, fresh and lively with a dense yet very supple tannin structure and a well-balanced, integrated acidity leaving a lingering finish.

Braised oxtail, Boeuf bourguignon, charcuterie platter and Smoked kudu Carpaccio.

variety : Shiraz [ 39% Shiraz, 29% Merlot, 9% Tempranillo, 8% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon ]
winery : Dornier Wines
winemaker : JC Steyn
wine of origin : Western Cape
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 3.5 g/l  pH : 3.56  ta : 5.5 g/l  va : 0.52 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

ageing : From 2016 for up to 3 years.

In a time of seafaring spice, pirates played in Table Bay... Among them was Long Ben - as fierce as he was tall, he looted and pillaged and scavenged from all. Ben fast became known for being up to no good, and so fled from the seas and gave up his loot. He planted some vines, as was the way and peered out towards the ocean almost every day. Long Ben would have gazed longingly at the bista of Table Bay from where our vines grow today, on Cocoa Hill.

in the vineyard : The vines are planted on our Groenkloof farm on the slopes of the Stellenbosch Mountain. The soil is composed of coffee coloured granite. The vines get full sun which allows for optimum development of rich berry characters in the grapes.

in the cellar : The components of this blend were fermented separately in vineyard specific batches with pump-overs for colour and tanin extraction being perfomred regularly. This wine was carefully barrel matured for 14 months in second fill French oak barrels and a small un-oaked component was used to provide a fresh and lively character.

Cocoa Hill Red 2015 is a refined blend of Shiraz (39%), Merlot (29%), Tempranillo (9%), Cabernet Franc (8%), Malbec (6%), Petit Verdot (5%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (4%) which grows in the decomposed granite soils of Cocoa Hill - hilltop in the folds of the Stellenbosch Mountain, superbly positioned in prime South African terroir.