Rustenberg Stellenbosch Syrah 2007

Deep purple inky hues. The aromas start off savory and meaty, after which they develop a very concentrated and complex perfume and spice notes with cloves, cinnamon and violets being prominent. The palate entry exhibits tremendous concentration of flavor and fruit tannin, which surprisingly finishes fresh and dry.

variety : Shiraz [ 100% Syrah ]
winery : Rustenberg Wines
winemaker : Randolph Christians
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.75 % vol  rs : 2.63 g/l  pH : 3.71  ta : 5.63 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

5 Stars in 2010 John Platter Wine Guide

ageing : Up to 12 years from vintage.

in the vineyard : 
Situation: Simonsberg Mountain, Stellenbosch
Altitude: 200 m
Distance from sea: ± 25 km
Soil type: Oakleaf (Tukulu)
Rootstock: 101 - 14 Mgt
Age of vines: 9 Years
Trellising: Vertically shoot positioned
Pruning: 2 Bud spur pruning
Irrigation: Drip irrigation

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested on 22 March 2007.

Grape analysis
Acidity: 5.21 g/l
pH: 3.98
Sugar: 25.3° Balling
Yield: 3.5 t/ha (26 hl/ha)

in the cellar : Cold dry winter with low rainfall followed by a moderate summer with above average rainfall and the occasional heat wave. Naturally fermented with aerated pumpovers followed with 2 weeks extended maceration and Malolactic Fermentation in 40% new and 60% 2nd fill French 225 Liter barrels. After 20 months the wine was racked out the oak barrels and bottled.

Oak used: 40% new and 60% 2nd fill French 225 Litre barrels
Production: 700 cases (6 x 750 ml)
Bottled: 21 January 2009

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