Bon Courage Shiraz 2006

2008 International Wine Challenge - Commended
Although there remains some youthful greenness, the bouquet of this full-bodied wine suggests tremendously ripe fruit, reminiscent of spicy plum jam. Ripe, sweet-fruited nose with loads of berry fruit, pepper and vanilla with subtle hints of karoo bos. Full rounded mouth adds plum to all that the nose suggested. Smoke and spice develop as the glass stands.

Good food wine, especially rich stews and winter food. It is ideal with spiced game casseroles, stuffed roast pork of lamb or pickled tongue.

variety : Shiraz [ 100% Shiraz ]
winemaker : Jacques Bruwer
wine of origin : Breede River
analysis : alc : 14 % vol  rs : 4.6 g/l  pH : 3.74  ta : 5.2 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

2008 International Wine Challenge - Commended

ageing : Rounded tannins make for very easy drinking even at this early age but will develop with great benefit over 4 - 5 years.

in the vineyard : Age of vineyards: 12 years

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested at 26º Balling.
Yield: 10-12 tons/ha

in the cellar : The wine was whole berry fermented and cold soaked. Halfway through fermentation, half of the wine was pumped into French barrels to ferment dry. The rest was left to ferment dry on the skin. It was then also racked into French barrels. The wine was in the barrels for 12 – 15 months. 20% of the barrels were new and the balance was 2nd and 3rd fill.

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