La Motte Shiraz 1998

The International Wine & Spirit Competition 2002 - Gold
Full-bodied, with classic gamey aromas and concentrated fruit integrated with peppery spices. Long, impressive finish of soft, ripe tannins. The 1998 La Motte Shiraz is most enjoyable with venison, spicy pates, guinea fowl and roast beef or lamb.


variety : Shiraz | Shiraz
winery : La Motte
winemaker : Jacques Borman
wine of origin : Franschhoek
analysis : alc : 13.9 % vol  rs : 2.1 g/l  pH : 3.58  ta : 5.9 g/l  
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
The International Wine & Spirit Competition 2002 - Gold
in the vineyard : Location: 33º53 latitude, 19,5º longitude.
Macro climate: more moderate than other Cape wine producing areas
Meso climate: average rainfall: 1000mm p.a. Vineyards cooled by early morning mists as well as cooling breezes during summer
Altitude: 200m
Vineyard blocks: 1(3.73ha) and 2(1.45ha)
Soil types: Hutton
Rootstock: Richter 99
Clone types: unknown
Vines planted: (on 1) 1978 and (on 2) 1979
Direction planted: north-south
Density: 3 086 vines per ha
Space between rows: 2.7m
Space between vines: 1.2m
All vines trellised: Perold
Height of trellis poles: 2.4m (normally 2.1m)
Irrigation: none (dry land)
Canopy management: more leaves absorb sunshine for the fermentation or aromas and the grapes are protected from the sun

about the harvest: Separate harvests (by hand and machine) of blocks 1 and 2: at 24º Balling, on February 26, 1998
Yield: 5 Tons per hectare.

in the cellar : Natural fermentation in rotor tanks at 23-25ºC. Kept on the skins for 10 days after fermentation. Maturation was in 225-litre oak barrels for 21 months: 30% in new wood, 30% in second fill and 40% in third fill. (90% French Oak and 10% American oak). After selection of the best barrels, the wine was bottled during May 2001.
3000 cartons (12x750ml) released in July, 2001.

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