Bellingham Homestead Shiraz 2014

Sight: Dark ruby red colour.
Nose: Flavours of plums, blackcurrants and pepper with hints of dark chocolate and mixed spice.
Mouth: Black berry fruits, violets and black pepper

Smoked Rooibos and Paprika grilled fillet of beef served with Grandma's sticky potatoes, slow cooked beef brisket or Rosemary infused Springbok loin.

variety : Shiraz [ 100% Shiraz ]
winery : Bellingham Wines
winemaker : Niël Groenewald
wine of origin : Paarl
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 4.5 g/l  pH : 3.5  ta : 5.6 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

The 2014 vintage - a very cold and wet winter with enough water accumulating in the soils. A later start to harvest followed by a dry February. Good colour and tannin formation for the reds.

in the vineyard : Terroir: The vineyards are on the northern foothills of Simonsberg known for its weathered granite, ideal for farming top quality Shiraz.
Climate: The climate in Paarl is a Mediterranean, the summers are long and warm with Atlantic sea breezes in late afternoon cooling the vineyard sites. Ideal for ripening varieties like Shiraz and Chenin Blanc.

about the harvest: Grapes were handpicked early March.

in the cellar : Berry were sorted before a slow fermentation on the skins, punch downs for colour extraction coaxes depth of colour and flavour before malolactic fermentation and maturation took place.

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