Fleur du Cap Shiraz
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Vintage: 2011 (Current) | 2013 (Pending)
Wine & Spirits
Year’s Top 100 Value
February 1, 2015, Joshua Greene
“A rough and ready shiraz with lasting red fruit, this wine’s herbal tannins bring to mind anise and tobacco. Its full texture will meld with braised lamb.”
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.
The majority of the grapes were sourced from selected vineyards in the Cape Agulhas area (planted 1999) and Somerset West (planted 2002), trellised on five wire hedges. These vineyards are located at altitudes ranging from 110 to 160m above sea level. The vines are grown in decomposed shale, as well as sandy and gravelly coffee stone soils, ideally suited to the cultivation of Shiraz grapes. Both these vineyards are under irrigation, with yields ranging between 9 and 11 tons/ha. A green harvest is done at veraison to ensure even grapes at harvesting. Pest and disease control was implemented according to South African IPW standards.
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.
This wine is an excellent match to grilled beef, roast lamb and venison as well as Italian dishes. Alternatively, it is great on its own.
Wine Alcohol: 14.3%
Titratable Acidity: 5.46
Residual Sugar: 2.7
Suggested Retail Price: $11.99