Bellingham The Maverick SMV 2004

A robust, powerful yet graceful red wine brimming with intense fruit flavours, remarkable aromatics and a generous mouthfeel.
Winemaker’s Notes: Robust, powerful.. but cherry and pear aromas lends this wine a certain graceful elegance…making it linger in your mind long after the bottle has been finished.”

variety : Shiraz [ 70% Shiraz, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Viognier ]
winery : Bellingham Wines
winemaker : Niel Groenewald & Mario Damon
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : 
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

Decanter World Wine Awards – Gold
Monde Selection Brussels – Silver
Michelangelo International Wine Awards - Gold
in the vineyard : The grapes were hand-picked from three sites on the same estate. All three components came from low yielding trellised vineyards. Decomposed granite and overlying clay soils with good water hold potential.

about the harvest: The Shiraz was picked at optimum ripeness of 26.5º.

in the cellar : Natural co-fermentation between Shiraz and Mourvèdre. The Viognier fermented separately in a 2nd fill French oak barrels. The wines were blended after primary fermentation and underwent malolactic fermentation in 2nd and 3rd fill French barrels. Further maturation in 90% new French oak and 10% new American oak for a period of 24 months.

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