Rhebokskloof Shiraz 2019
This wine is a magnificent window into the specific terroir at Rhebokskloof and highlights the cellarmaster’s talent. The fruit is full and expressive but still maintains a veil of elegance, the floral and spicy aromatics that Syrah is well known for complementing the fruit. The use of wood is judicious and adds complexity, broadens the mid-palate, and provides a bit more grip to the soft plush tannin.
IWSC – BRONZE (87 POINTS)
GILBERT & GAILLARD – GOLD (88 POINTS)
DE GROTE HAMERSMA – 9/10
Cellarmaster: Rolanie Lotz
Origin: Paarl, Agter-Paarl
Soil Type: Decomposed granite
Yield: 8 tons per hectare
TA: 5,6 g/l
RS: 3,7 g/l
Fermentation: Cold maceration and fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Regular pump-overs. Extended maceration for a week post-fermentation. Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
Barrel Maturation: 20% new French oak barrels and 80% second and third fill barrels. The wine was barrel matured for 18 months.
Bottle Maturation: Bottle matured for six months.
The wine has an inviting nose of cinnamon and white pepper layered with berries. Red fruit dominates the palate with an intriguing sweet and sour sensation of red plum and early ripening strawberry. The wine has a lovely punchy texture with grippy tannins and pointed acidity. It finishes where it starts with hints of cinnamon and white pepper which carry on long after the last sip.
Delicious with a roast leg of lamb, veggies, and grilled potatoes. If cooled down a few degrees, it gives enticing nuances of spice which pairs perfectly with an Italian-inspired cheese platter.
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Rhebokskloof, Noord Agter – Paarl, Windmeul, 7623