am Shiraz 2010
““Fabulous weather made up for a mechanically challenging harvest. The incredibly cool February gave us another brilliant Sauvignon Blanc. Even the slight heat wave in March was useful for ripening the reds conveniently balanced by light rains which spaced our cultivar pickings nicely. The year brings a new Chardonnay and a very exciting “white” MCC (launch 2011) into the range. Bernhard bought 3 new tanks which somewhat eased RJ’s juggling act with cellar space. Kerry joined our team in February and Version2 of our Nitida website went live.””
An African shiraz. Rich, chewy, juicy and full with dry, sweetish tannins. Speaks loudly of dark red plums and cherries, sugar cured beef and white pepper. Sandal and cherrywood, bay leaves and star anise just whisper. A got to have with real South African bobotie.
Back again after a 4 year break. Our virus infected vines were removed and massive replanting done on the farm so the 4 tons of Shiraz grapes come from one of our neighbours.
We sent our own workers who hand picked and sorted all the grapes. They were then open fermented & cold soaked for 3 days before fermentation at 26°- 28°.
A combination of remontage ( the drawing off of the grape juice or must and pumping it over the cap to extract colour and tannins) and pigeage. (punch downs) was used
This wine spent 12 months in 225 liter French oak barrels 30% of which were new.
Only 300 cases made.