Journeys End Shiraz 2015

R165.00

Dark ruby/purple colour. This vintage has beautiful concentrated dark fruit flavours showing a mix of dark cherry, raspberry, blueberry and hints of violets and white pepper. Full bodied wine, with finely structured tannins complimenting an elegant, soft finish. Ready to drink now and can age until 2020.

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Description

SHIRAZ 2015

W.O. Stellenbosch

Winemaking Notes

The grapes were handpicked early in the morning from 2 different blocks on the farm. The grapes were picked at 24 balling and stored overnight in the cold room. The next morning, they were hand sorted and destemmed but not crushed. The whole berries were cold soaked for 5 days before inoculation. Fermentation took about 15 days at 18 ‒ 28c with a carefully planned pump over schedule to ensure soft tannins. Only free run juice was used and malolactic fermentation was done in barrels. 10% of the wine went through carbonic maceration with the other 90% naturally fermented. The wine was matured for 16 months in 10% new American oak barrels and 20% new French oak barrels. After final blending the wine was only filtered before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Dark ruby/purple colour. This vintage has beautiful concentrated dark fruit flavours showing a mix of dark cherry, raspberry, blueberry and hints of violets and white pepper. Full bodied wine, with finely structured tannins complimenting an elegant, soft finish. Ready to drink now and can age until 2026.

Wine Analysis

Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Acidity: 5.98 g/L
pH: 3.34
Residual Sugar: 3.76 g/L

Viticulture

Climate Coastal
Aspect South facing slopes
Soil type Granite and sandy top soil
Clones SH99, SH21A
Rootstock 101 – 14, Richter 99
Planting date 1997 – 1998
HA planted 5.56ha
Average tonnage 7 tons/ha
Irrigation Drip irrigation
Trellis system Extended Perold, 7 Strand
Harvest dates 1 – 10 March 2015
Total Production 20 Barrels

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