Avontuur Shiraz 2004

A silky black centre with a youthful pink rim. A forthcoming mocca chocolate nose with dark berries, cherries, spices and pepper. A well made wine with loads of flavour and fruit concentration, with well integrated tannins and oak. The wine has good structure and excellent varietal characteristics.

Venison, Beef fillet with pepper sauce, Beef Wellington, Robust Terrines

variety : Shiraz [ 100% Shiraz ]
winery : Avontuur Estate
winemaker : Willie Malherbe
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 2.7 g/l  pH : 3.7  ta : 5.5 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  

2007 Decanter World Wine Awards – Gold Medal
2007 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – Gold Medal
Veritas 2006 - Silver
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2006 - Bronze (79/100)
2004 Young Wine Show - Gold

ageing : Drink now or over the next 5 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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