Avontuur Above Royalty Liqueur Wine 2009

Colour: A deep, rich ruby. 
Aroma: Dark, red plums with chocolate ganache and rose petals.
Flavour: Robust with a sweet, rich mouth feel, without being cloying.  Can be cooled  before serving. 

Perfect end to a good meal and a good match for cheese boards.

variety : Shiraz | 85% Shiraz, 15% Pinotage
winery : Avontuur Estate
winemaker : Jan van Rooyen
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 18.0 % vol  rs : 80 g/l  pH : 3.44  ta : 5.6 g/l  
type : Fortified  
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

ageing : Drink now or for the next 7 years.

in the vineyard : 
Deep, well-drained Hutton and Clovelly soils, planted on west-facing slopes, trellised on a 5-wire Perold system.  

about the harvest: Harvest date: Mid-April 2009
Harvested at full ripeness at 26º B.

in the cellar : This is the Helderberg interpretation of a Pineau de Charentes, made with Shiraz & Pinotage and fortified with Avontuur Estate’s own pot-stilled brandy. The wine was aged in 3rd fill French Oak barrels for 12 months, before being blended and bottled.

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