Le Pommier Shiraz 2000

Dark plum coloured. White pepper and black plum flavours with an underlying smokiness on the nose. A good combination between ripe and dry tannins with spicy and chocolate flavours on the palate, which confirms the nose. Firm but elegant structure with a good lingering aftertaste.

variety : Shiraz [ Shiraz ]
winery : 
winemaker : Bruwer Raats
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 12.5 % vol  rs : 2.34 g/l  pH : 3.73  ta : 5.65 g/l  

ageing : Can be enjoyed now and will mature well over the next 3 - 5 years, if stored correctly.

in the vineyard : Situation: North-south row direction
Altitude: 280m
Distance from sea: approximately 10km
Soil Type: Oakleaf with coffee stone in the topsoil,
overlaying a gravel soil and clay subsoil
Rootstock: R99
Age of vines: 4 years
Trellising: Vertical hedge
Pruning: Cordon
Irrigation: drip

about the harvest: Picking date: 10th of March 2000
Yield: 4 tons/ha average

in the cellar : Fermentation Temp: 28-30 degrees Celsius
Yeast: L2323 and L2054
The juice was cold soak for 3 days were after it was inoculated with the above yeast. The wine was pumped over 4 times per day for optimum colour and tannin extraction. When fermented dry it was pressed into stainless steel tanks.

Malolactic fermentation: In stainless steel tanks
Wood ageing: 16 months in 70 % French and 30% American oak barrels, 60% new barrels and 40% second fill.
Bottled: 14th of August 2001
Production: 200 x 6

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