Saronsberg Grenache 2017

The wine has a ruby red colour and ripe cherry flavours with delicate fynbos and spice undertones and a hint of violets. Its soft tannin structure is balanced by a textured body, layered fruit flavours and integrated oak.

variety : Grenache [ 100% Grenache ]
winemaker : Dewaldt Heyns
wine of origin : 
analysis : alc : 14.51 % vol  rs : 3.0 g/l  pH : 3.45  ta : 6.0 g/l  va : 0.73 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium  taste : Fragrant  
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : Cultivar: Grenache
Clones: GN70A
Rootstock: R110 and Mgt 101-14
Age: Average 12 years
Soil: Partially weathered shale soils with a height percentage coarse
fragment and some red-yellow clay-loam soils with some a 40% rock
Yield: 6,5 ton/ha (42 hl/ha)
Balling: 24.3°B
pH: 3.32
Total acid: 6.9g/l

in the cellar : This Grenache was sourced from bush vines made from two vineyards – one on Welgegund on the slopes of the Saronsberg, and the other on Waveren. The grapes were picked by hand in the early morning hours and then pre-cooled in our chiller. Ninety percent of the bunches and berries were destemmed and hand-sorted on stainless steel vibration tables by highly trained staff. The balance of the bunches was kept whole and added to the fermentation tanks.

An initial cold-soak period of three days preceded fermentation, which was allowed to start naturally and finished with inoculated yeast. The wine was given extended postfermentation maceration on the skins; the total time spent on the skins was 26 days. The grapes were then pressed into 100% second-fill 300 litre French oak barrels, keeping the free-run and press fractions separate. Malolactic fermentation finished in barrels and the wine was left on its lees. Ten months later the wine was racked and returned to barrel. After a total of 20 months in barrel the wine was prepared for bottling, preceded by a coarse filtration.

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