Wine Awards: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Ranking: Bronze medal
Age of vines: Planted in 2008 on drought resistant rootstock R110
Number of Clones: SH9 & SH22
Vineyards: The vines were planted on laterite gravelly clay soils, originating from weathered Table Mountain Sandstone & Bokkeveld shale mother material. The grapes are influenced by the unique mari-time climate, the cool Atlantic Ocean breeze and the inimitable terroir of the farm in the shade of the Kogelberg biosphere and mountain range.
Average sugar at harvest: 25.2 degrees Balling (Brix) / 107 °Oe /21.4 °KMW
The individual bunches were hand-selected; (grapes are entirely hand-picked, and harvested between daybreak and mid-morning. The fruit was stored carefully in low table grape trays.
The 2012 Shiraz grapes were handpicked on the 27th of February and on the 12th of March. The grapes were carefully de-stemmed 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 ° Celsius. After alcohol-ic fermentation the wine was transferred to 225 l 1st, 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels where it underwent 11 months of maturation. On 15th of August 2013 the wine was bottled.
Intense aromas of red berries & vanilla spice followed by a seamlessly lined palate layered with blackberries, plums and a hint of cassis, continuing in lengthy silky layers of cloves, dark chocolate, white pepper and opulent oak.
The wine is perfect for drinking now & will age well for 8-10 years.
The Rivendell Shiraz 2011 goes perfect with lamb, pasta dishes, duck and game fish dishes and semi hard cheeses.
Winemaker: Kobie Viljoen
Alcohol: 14.86 %vol
RS: 2.7 g/l
Free SO2: 38mg/l
Total SO2: 108mg/l
Total Acidity: 5.9 g/l
Production: 9 331 bottles
Bottling date: 15 August 2013
Release date: April 2014
Appellation: Bot River (Overberg Region), Western Cape, South Africa