Kevin Arnold Shiraz 2012 - Ashleigh Anne

Vibrant dark fruit, earthy and clove pepper spice lead the aromatics of this Stellenbosch Shiraz, accompanied by soft liquorice undertones. Natural acidity and the classic granular tannins are very characteristic of the voluptuous nature of a Stellenbosch Shiraz. This vintage is named after Ashleigh Anne, Jeremy and Leigh Ord’s oldest daughter.

variety : Shiraz | 88% Shiraz, 8% Grenache, 4% Mourvedre
winemaker : Mark Le Roux
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.25 % vol  rs : 2.6 g/l  pH : 3.63  ta : 5.2 g/l  so2 : 104 mg/l  fso2 : 38 mg/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : 

Great winter with sufficiently cold and wet conditions. Spring brought moderate warmth initiating good even growth but late cultivars such as Cabernet Sauvignon received rain during flowering causing bad fruit set resulting in a 45% lower crop. Reds wines stood out in the vintage as being expressive and classical with lower alcohols.

in the cellar : 

Fermentation: Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in Stainless steel
Barrel ageing: Old 225 litre and 500 litre French barrels, 20 months
Filtration: Soft filtration prior to bottling

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