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Ridgeback Shiraz 2002

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Gold Veritas Awards 2004
Seal of approval Swiss International Airline Wine Awards 2005
91 points in Wine Spectator Wine and Spirits Jan-Feb 2004
3 star Wine Magazine December 2003- August 2004
4 star John Platter 2005
Winner of Shiraz Challenge Paarl Vintners 2004
Silver Classic Wine Trophy 2004
Urkunde Grand Prix Degustation Hamburg 2004

Rich toasty aromas of ground coffee, ripe plums, red berries and proscuitto on the side. Mouthwatering yet gravelly tannins to support.


variety : Shiraz | 100% Shiraz
winery : Ridgeback Wines
winemaker : Cathy Marshall
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.46 % vol  rs : 2.10 g/l  pH : 3.82  ta : 5.49 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fragrant   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
Gold Veritas Awards 2004
Seal of approval Swiss International Airline Wine Awards 2005
91 points in Wine Spectator Wine and Spirits Jan-Feb 2004
3 star Wine Magazine December 2003- August 2004
4 star John Platter 2005
Winner of Shiraz Challenge Paarl Vintners 2004
Silver Classic Wine Trophy 2004
Urkunde Grand Prix Degustation Hamburg 2004

ageing : For now or keeping (if you must).

in the vineyard : These hillside vineyards lie on a slightly easternly aspect commanding spectacular views of The Limiet Mountains. The vineyard recently received the highly prestigious Vin Pro/Winetech Vineyard Practises Evaluation with probably the highest score ever awarded.

about the harvest: Grapes were handpicked on 14 February 2002.
Bunches were healthy and harvested at optimal and even ripeness.

in the cellar : Destemming without crushing.
Wholeberry component at 80% in the fermenters.
Must was inoculated with local, commercial yeast strains suited to this variety and pumped over twice daily for tannin and flavour extraction.
Fermentation took place in stainless steel fermenters where alcoholic fermentation lasted for 10 days under controlled temperatures ranging from 25-32º Celsius. Wine was gently pressed after fermentation was complete and gravity fed to barriques for secondary or Malo-lactic fermentation.
90% French oak. First fill 10% American.

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