Savanha Winemakers Selection Shiraz 2009

Dark plum in colour with a youthful purple edge. The wine shows inviting aromas of sweet plum, white pepper and subtle oak-derived notes. A fruit-driven palate hosts well-structured tannin, with hints of sweet and smoky American oak-derived flavours.

Serve with smoked carpaccio, and grilled baby potatoes in a spicy butter sauce.

variety : Shiraz [ 90% Shiraz 7% Mourvedre 3% Viognier ]
winery : Savanha
winemaker : Jacques Erasmus
wine of origin : Western Cape.
analysis : alc : 14.35 % vol  rs : 3.5 g/l  pH : 3.5  ta : 5.5 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : Ten-year old vines planted northwest to southeast yielded the grapes for this wine.  The vineyards received supplementary drip irrigation and produced 9 tons per hectare.

about the harvest: Grapes were harvested at 25° Balling, gently crushed, de-stemmed and cooled for fermentation. After 2 days of cold soaking the juice fermented until dry in stainless steel tanks at 24°C. Three pump-overs were conducted daily, and 80% of the wine matured in French- and American oak barrels for 6-8 months. The wine is a blend of 90% Shiraz, 7% Mouvdrè and 3% Viognier.

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