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This tempting wine produced from cool vineyards in Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, Walker Bay.

Climate                                 

These Walker Bay vineyards of Hemel en Aarde Ridge are situated within close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The maritime climate being more “temperate” in style, where parallel mountain ranges channel the southerly sea breezes through the appellation during the summer. These winds in turn bring regular sea mists and overcast conditions to the valley and with it more even temperatures. The average temperature is 19° C and rainfall, approximately, 750mm per year.  

 

Production                           

1800 cases of 6 x 750ml bottles  

 

 

 

 

Varietal and Origin

Hemel en Aarde Shiraz (100%) 

Vines per hectare               

5500  

Soil Type                               

Deep Clay soils of the Bokkeveld series

Average Yield                      

8 tons/ha  

Aspect                                   

North and North West 

Age of Vines                        

6  years  

 

 

Harvest details                    

The 2 blocks of Shiraz were harvested separately by hand enjoying cool early morning temperatures. The grapes were harvested in 2 different batches throughout March. This was carried out in order to achieve a more complex wines profile. One block was managed with more dappled light in the canopy to ensure spicy aromas and a savoury element and the other block with greater fruit exposure to sunlight for primary fruit weight and intensity.  

 

Analysis                                 

Alcohol by volume  Total Acidity pH  Volatile Acid Residual Sugar 
 14.9%   5.8 g/l  3.45  0.72 g/l   2.6  g/l  

 

 

Technical Notes                   

After overnight cold storage grapes were de-stemmed and crushed into red ferment tanks. Cold maceration occurred for 3 – 7 days.  The wine was then fermented under controlled temperatures until dry.  The skins were then lightly pressed and the wine racked into a selection of French Oak Barriques (25% new barrels) for 12 months ageing and maturation. Final blending occurred 2 months prior to bottling and the wine was allowed to develop further in bottle prior to release.  

 

Styling                                   

This elegant expression of cool climate Syrah exhibits soft plum, dark cherry and complex spicy notes of pepper, cinnamon, cloves and crushed coriander. The palate is full and lush, broad on entry and rich in dark fruits.. Enjoy now or for the next 5 years.