Allesverloren Shiraz 2009

Colour: Dark Ruby
Bouquet: Black currant with prunes and cigar box with oak spices in the background
Taste: Rich and full with ample ripe fruit and a good tannic structure.

The winemaker recommends serving it with poultry, veal and red meat dishes or savouring it on its own.

variety : Shiraz | 100% Shiraz
winemaker : Danie Malan
wine of origin : Riebeek Valley
analysis : alc : 13.76 % vol  rs : 1.7 g/l  pH : 3.59  ta : 6.0 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fragrant   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : Background
Allesverloren, situated on the south-eastern slopes of the Kasteelberg near Riebeek West, is the oldest estate in the Swartland Wine of Origin district and is renowned for its red wines and port.

The farm, which dates back to 1704, began producing wine exactly one century later. In 1872 Allesverloren was acquired by Daniel Francois Malan and has remained in the Malan family for five generations.

Winemaker Danie Malan and his late father, Fanie, were among the wine pioneers of the Swartland, ably demonstrating the outstanding wine growing potential of what was once considered the breadbasket of the Cape. While wheat remains the major crop in the region, increasing numbers of wine farms are established each year to take advantage of the excellent terroir.

Vineyard Location
The grapes for this wine were sourced from trellised, south-facing vineyards planted in Malmesbury shale 60 - 300 meters above sea level. These low-yielding vines were planted in 1969, with some blocks receiving supplementary irrigation.

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested by hand at between 23° and 26° Balling towards the end of February, when they exhibited prominent varietal flavours and when the tannins were ripe but the berries still firm. Each block was vinified separately.

in the cellar : The grapes were fermented on the skins in open tanks at 25° C for five to seven days and left on the lees for four months to impart intensity of colour and flavour as well as to ensure the wine sufficient structure to age well. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged in a combination of new, but mainly second and third-fill French oak and a few of new American oak barrels.

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