Tanagra Shiraz 2016 (Single Vineyard Wine)
A spicy and earthy Shiraz from old vines of a certified Single Vineyard.
|The McGregor valley is ‘Shiraz country’ – it provides ideal conditions for producing rich and bold Shiraz. This Tanagra Shiraz shows a great balance between rich fruit and earthy spice. It is a bold and yet elegant wine with excellent structure. It is perfect to enjoy now or within (at least) the next 5 – 6 years.
|Vineyard||South-facing, slightly sloped vineyard at Tanagra (McGregor) on rocky Karoo soil and surrounded by Karoo fynbos and veld|
|Vines||1.5 ha planted in 1998/9, Rootstock Richter 99. 5000 number of vines trellised in a North – South row direction on a 5 wire system|
|Yield||4 – 5 tons/ha|
|Vinification||Early morning hand selected harvest to optimize grape quality at 24.5 ballings. Hand-sorting of grapes before destemming. Whole berries are pumped into open top fermenter (without any green stems) and macerated there for about 4 days on the skins, allowing cooled grapes to extract colour and phenolic compounds prior to primary fermentation. Fermentation through natural (wild) yeast as soon as grapes reach room temperature. Punching down of fermenting must 3 times a day until fermentation is completed. Fermentation on the skins until about zero ballings. Gentle pressing of skins and malolactic fermentation in 225 litre neutral French oak casks for 14 months. Done with minimal interference through vinification, sediment may occur.|
|analysis||14.5 % Alc., PH 3.64, RS 3.1, TA 5.7|
|Tasting notes||Dark purple colour. Succulent fruit perfectly balanced with earthy spice. Rich and longlasting finish with gentle ripe tannin.|
|Ratings||Platter’s 4 Stars | GOOD VALUE recommendation | Tim Atkins 90 Points|
|Cases produced||390 cases (x 6 bottles)|
|Price||R 115 per bottle|