Cape of Good Hope

Southern Slopes

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WLCOGHSS14

R 240

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2014


Cultivar:

Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Petit Syrah

Country:

South Africa

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Specifications:

14% alc vol
Type: Red Blend, Red Wine Cellaring Potential: 8 - 12 years
Origin: Swartland Appellation: Riebeeksrivier

Tasting Notes:

Appealing spicy dark fruit: black cherry with cedar and a hint of tobacco. Tangy and fresh on entry. Ripe black fruit with light peppery spice notes. The textured palate is rounded and silkily smooth with multiple layers of flavours and a well-defined backbone. Good integration of oak and fruit with fine, dry tannins and an intriguing light licorice/saline element on the long tail. Bold, enticing ripe blackberry and plum aroma. Gentle, soft-fruited entry to the mouth. The juicy blackberry - and plum flavours are immediately apparent - along with a subtle tinge of spice. Rounded, fleshy and voluptuous texture with a light squeeze of tannin. Structured but pliable and generous with a rewardingly long, velvet tail. 

This wine is made from grapes from Riebeeksrivier in the Swartland. This farm is situated on the slopes of the Riebeek Kasteel mountains on the Malmesbury side, with vineyards on southern- and western sides. This wine is from the southern slopes where there is a higher clay content in the soil, mixed with Malmesbury shale. The combination of slope and soil culminates into this deeper and richer style red blend. 

The grapes are hand-sorted and fermented, they are barrel aged in 2nd and 3rd fill 225L barrels for 12-14 months. Then bottle-aged for 3 years.

This wine blend which consists mostly out of Shiraz, and other varietals from this slope includes Mourvedre and Petit Syrah (Durif). These vineyards produce a small bunch with concentrated flavours and delicate, yet firm structure.

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