THE JUDGEMENT OF THE CELLAR MASTER
The wine has a dark ruby colour. Spicy at the entry reveals freshly crushed black pepper, ripe plum and sour cherries. The fruit flavors are supported by judicious French oak maturation showing leather, tobacco and sweet caramel aromas. The wine has elegance in style. The medium bodied mouthfeel expresses great freshness and a long aftertaste.
The wine has a great aging potential and will remain balanced well into the future.
Site: Cape South Coast, Walker Bay / Bot River region, Western Cape, South Africa
Age of the vines: 8 years
Vines: The vines were planted on laterite gravelly clay soils, originating from weathered Table Mountain Sandstone & Bokkeveld shale mother material.
The individual bunches were hand-selected; (grapes were entirely hand-picked), and harvested between daybreak and mid-morning. The fruit was stored carefully in low table grape trays.
Sugar content: 25.8° Balling (Brix) / 109.4° Oe
THE WINE CELLAR
The 2013 Shiraz grapes were handpicked on the 13th of March. The grapes were carefully destemmed and gently crushed before it underwent 5 days of cold maceration for maximum colour and flavour extraction. After cold maceration, the grapes were naturally fermented on the skins for about 16 days at 25° C. After alcoholic fermentation, the wine was transferred to 225 l 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill French oak barrels where it underwent 11 months of maturation. On 18th of July 2014 the wine was bottled.
The Rivendell Shiraz 2013 goes perfect with lamb, pasta dishes, duck and game, fish dishes and semi hard cheeses.
Winemaker: Kobie Viljoen
Alcohol: 14.64 vol%
RS: 3.04 g/l
Free SO2: 40 mg/l
Total SO2: 105 mg/l
Total Acidity: 5.64 g/l
Production: 7,202 bottles
THE TOP AWARDS
Platter’s South African Wine Guide Ranking 2015: 4 stars
Veritas 2014: Silver
Vitis Vinifera 2014 Award: Gold
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Ranking 2017: Silver