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Skaap Shiraz 2015 (6 bottles)

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Skaap Shiraz 2015 (6 bottles)

65.50

€10,95 per bottle (Sold per case of 6 only)

A rich, juicy, fruit driven Shiraz with soft, velvety tannins. Full bodied with spicy pepper, violets and pomegranate on the nose with a powerful and well balanced oak finish.

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Tasting notes
 

Vineyards

The fruit for the Shiraz 43 was selected mostly from our vineyard, a south-east facing slope high up on the Schapenberg, in the Stellenbosch region and a small portion from a Durbanville vineyard. Both are low yielding vineyards that produce top quality fruit. The different aspects and climates of the vineyards added to the complexity of the final wine. The fruit from the warmer Durbanville vineyard adds volume (depth, richness and length) and the fruit from our own, cooler vineyard drives the fruity flavours and adds liveliness and mineral tones to the final wine.

Winemaking

Grapes were hand picked and selected at full ripeness. After light crushing, the mash was transferred to open fermenters. It was left to pre-soak for three days, before yeast was added for the onset of alcoholic fermentation. We try to get all (or most)of the colours from the skins in these first three days, as the colour pigments are water soluble. With the onset of fermentation we lightly punch down the skins twice a day for the first two days, then as the alcohol content and temperature increase, the cap forms, and we punch it down about four times per day. The tannins are alcohol soluble and this is extracted during these punch downs; tannins are very important for binding the colour already released into the wine.

As the fermentation slows down, we only lightly punch down, once a day, to not over-extract or extract any harsh components from the grapes. The tank is then closed and kept under inert (CO2) gas for about three weeks on the skins. This has a very positive effect on mouth feel and roundness of the wine. The skins are then lightly pressed before transferring the wine into small casks.

A selection of first (30%), second and third fill barrels are used, mostly French oak, but also a small percentage of American oak to help enhance the spicy side of our Shiraz. The wine was then left in oak for a minimum of 13 months, before it was racked, cleaned and bottled. Throughout the whole process our focus is on minimum intervention and preserving the fruit flavours of the wine and trying to create the perfect balance between oak and fruit flavours.

Style

A rich, juicy, fruit driven Shiraz with soft, velvety tannins. Full bodied with spicy pepper, violets and pomegranate on the nose with a powerful and well balanced oak finish.

When to drink

It’s drinking beautifully now, but has the structure and finesse to mature well over the next 10 years.

Food match

It will compliment most main meals, but ideal with spicy foods, stews or meat dishes. Not too overpowering.

Production

5,600 bottles

Analysis

Alcohol: 14.5% vol
Residual sugar: 2.1 g/lit
pH: 3.74
Total acidy: 6.3 g/lit
Volatile acidity: 0.91 g/lit
Total SO2: 99 mg/lit


 

Delivery

Delivery costs €7,50 per order to any address in The Netherlands, irrespective of quantity. Orders delivered within 5 working days.