Spice Route Shiraz 2010

Winemaker's Comments: The wine is in a modern layered style, expressive of the Swartland and showing a good balance of spicy fruit. Charl du Plessis

Earthy, rich fruit aromas with hints of white pepper on the nose. Juicy red and black fruits combine well on a sturdy palate. A more modern style of Shiraz with a good oak character and evident longevity.

variety : Shiraz | 100% Shiraz
winemaker : Charl de Plessis
wine of origin : Swartland
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  
type : Red  style : Dry  
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : Five centuries ago the ancient mariners braved uncharted seas to round the Cape of Good Hope in search of exotic spices. Their nerve and dash inspire the Spice Route philosophy. We have found our signature wine style in the rolling hills along the Cape’s West Coast, where unirrigated vines produce grapes with small thick skinned berries – ripe fruit that is dense, rich and full flavoured. A passionate dedication to exceptional quality and traditional hand crafting captures the essence of this fruit in the wines of the Spice Route.

In The Vineyard: The fruit used to craft this wine is from a dryland vineyard on the Rheeboksfontein farm in Malmesbury. This prime Swartland vineyard is planted on deep red oakleaf soils, and is a trellised block of 5.7 hectares.

about the harvest: The fruit was machine harvested and the vineyard yielded 5.61 tons per hectare.
Harvest Date: February 2010

in the cellar : The grapes were de-stemmed and crushed, and cold soaked for two days, before fermentation in stainless steel tanks, at 25° - 28° C. The wine spent 15 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels, with approximately 30% new wood being used. The wine was bottled unfiltered.

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