Topiary Shiraz 2007

Intense deep red colour. Aromas of rich oaky spices, layered with tobacco and ripe berry fruit. Youthful but finely balanced on a gentle tannin backbone. Maturing with grace.

variety : Shiraz [ 100% Shiraz ]
winery : Topiary Wines
winemaker : Chris Albrecht
wine of origin : Franschhoek
analysis : alc : 14.3 % vol  rs : 3.4 g/l  pH : 3.59  ta : 5.3 g/l  va : 0.36 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : A lot of attention is paid to detail in the vineyards regarding canopy management and irrigation scheduling.

about the harvest: Green harvesting was practiced as well as pre-harvest sorting in the vineyards. Harvested from mature and trellised vines at a ripeness of 25°B. Harvesting was done early in the morning by hand, followed by rigorous berry sorting.

in the cellar : After three days cold soak, wine was fermented dry on the skins with St Georges and NT112 yeast strains. Free-run and press wine was kept separate in small French and American oak barrels, 50% new, for malolactic fermentation and ageing. Batch blending was done after ten months and the blends returned to barrel for an additional two months.

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