Avontuur Shiraz 2003

Starts off with typical spicy aroma’s on the nose, follows through with vanilla & cedar and ends off in a long finish with notes of cherry wood & smoked meats.

Peking Duck, Venison Ragout, Beef fillet with pepper sauce.

variety : Shiraz [ 100% Shiraz ]
winery : Avontuur Estate
winemaker : Willie Malherbe
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 2.3 g/l  pH : 3.5  ta : 5.4 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  

2006 International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) - Bronze
Veritas Awards 2005 - Bronze
3½ Stars John Platter 2005
2003 Young Wine Show (Barrel Sample) - Gold

ageing : Drink now or over the next 3 years.

in the vineyard : Deep, well-drained Hutton and Clovelly soils. Planted on west-facing slopes. Trellised on a 5-wire Perold system. No irrigation.

about the harvest: Harvested at full ripeness 25.5º Balling.

in the cellar : De-stemmed. Cold-soaked for 3 days. Inoculated with yeast. Pumped over regularly. Left on skins for 5 days after fermentation. Malolatic fermentation in new American oak barrels. 50% was new American oak and the other 50% was in 2nd fill French oak. After 18 months lightly filtered and bottled.

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