Fleur du Cap Shiraz

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Vintage: 2011 (Current) | 2013 (Pending)

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Fleur du Cap Shiraz 2011

Overview

The continued success of the Fleur du Cap range of wines is the result of a team approach at The Bergkelder that starts with meticulous vineyard selection and is driven by an overriding passion for winemaking and constant experimentation to create a new generation of superior quality wines. The wines are shaped in perfect harmony with the forces of nature to capture the highly sought-after qualities of varietal character and terroir. Climate, soil, altitude and slope orientation are selected to capture as much varietal character as possible. The climate is mild with south and east facing slopes offering natural protection against late afternoon sun. Cooling breezes from the Atlantic Ocean ensure rich, slow growing crops. The soil is predominately medium textured and well drained with good water holding capacity.

Winemaking

The grapes were harvested on taste from the end of February into the first week of March at 24º-25º Balling. The grapes were destemmed and crushed and the must inoculated with selected yeast and fermented at 26ºC. Phenolic extraction was managed optimally by pump-overs. After fermentation the wines remained on the skins for a further two weeks. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrels after which it was matured for 12 months in a combination of 70% French and 30% American oak. After maturation the wine was blended and gently fined prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

This wine has a deep ruby, purple color with good intensity and brightness. The nose exhibits aromas of sweet cherry and plums with traces of white pepper. On the palate a complexity of berry flavors are carried by oak spices from gentle oaking. The tannin structure ensures that this wine is full yet soft with the flavors lingering on the finish.

Food Pairing

This wine is an excellent match to grilled beef, roast lamb and venison as well as Italian dishes. Alternately, it is great on its own.

Technical Information

Varietals: Shiraz

Wine Alcohol: 14.65%

Titratable Acidity: 5.63 g/L

pH: 3.55

Residual Sugar: 2.78 g/L

Suggested Retail Price: $11.99