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Saronsberg Shiraz

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The wine has a deep, dark purple colour with succulent ripe fruit flavours, both dark and
red are supported with scents of violets and delicate spice. The mouth-feel has depth and
clarity of fruit with integrated oak flavours.

Cultivar: Shiraz
Clones: SH1, SH9, SH99, SH22
Rootstock: R99, R110, SO4 and Mgt 101-14
Age: Average 11 years
Soil: Partially weathered shale soils with a height percentage coarse
fragment and some red-yellow clay-loam soils with some a 60%
rock content
Yield: 5.95ton/ha (37 hl/ha)
Balling: 24.6B
pH: 3.42 3.55
Total acid: 5.9 6.3g/l

The grapes were hand-picked in the early morning and force cooled to 4 °C. It was then
bunch sorted, destemmed and berry sorted on vibration tables by 25 highly trained staff.
Depending on the vineyard the berries were gently crushed into a satellite tank and
deposited in open and closed fermenters while some were kept whole. The must was
dejuiced by 10 - 12% depending on the vineyard. Some fermentations were done with small
amounts of whole bunches.
It was given a cold soak of 3 - 5 days at 8 °C protected by a CO2 blanket. The juice was
pumped over once daily during this period. The tanks were then heated to 18 °C and
inoculated with either BM45, L2056 or D254 yeast. The fermentation temperature was
allowed to peak at 28 °C and then brought down to 24 °C. The fermenting cap was manually
punched down four times daily and one pump over per day. The rest was given extended
maceration after fermentation. Total time on the skins varied from 11 to 28 days.
The wine was then pressed into 90% new and 10 % second-fill Allier French oak barrels.
The press fraction was separated. Malolactic bacteria were inoculated and malolactic
fermentation was completed in the barrels.
After malolactic fermentation the wines were given a low sulphur dose and left on the gross
lees for 10 months. The wine was then racked, blended and returned to barrels. After a total
of 20 months in barrels the wine was racked and filtered through a coarse sheet filter.
Bottling was done with a fine sheet filtration. On a small number of vineyards whole bunch
fermentations were done at varying percentages for greater flavour diversity.

Alcohol: 14.55 vol %
Total acid: 6.1 g/l
pH: 3.50
Residual sugar: 3.3 g/l
Volatile acidity: 0.63 g/l
Free sulphur: 30 mg/l
Total sulphur: 91 mg/l

2014 Vintage
Gold Decanter 2016
Gold Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2016
Double Gold Top 100 SA National Wine Challenge 2016
SAWI South African Wine Index 2015
Platinum Award - Shiraz

Previous Vintages
2013 Vintage
Veritas 2015 Gold
Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2015 Gold
International Wine Challenge 2015 & 2016 Gold
Regional Trophy Decanter 2015
Syrah du Monde 2015 Gold

2012 Vintage
Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2014 Gold
Classic Wine Top 6
Gold International Wine Challenge 2014
Double Gold WineStyle Peoples Choice Awards 2014
Top 100 SA Wine Challenge 2015
Gold Decanter 2015
Gold Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2015

2011 Vintage
Decanter Wine Awards 2013 Gold
Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2013 International- & Regional Trophy & Gold
Veritas 2013 Double Gold
John Platter 5 Star 2013
IWC 2014 Gold

2010 Vintage
Top 100 SA Wines 2012
Syrah du Monde 2012 Gold
Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2012 Gold
John Platter 5 Star 2012
SAWi Awards 2012 Grand Gold

2009 Vintage
Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2012 Gold

2008 Vintage
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2011 Gold
Top 100 SA Wines 2011
Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2010 Gold
Veritas 2010 Double Gold
Winemakers Choice Awards 2010 Diamond

2007 Vintage
Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2010 Double Gold
Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2009 Gold
Veritas 2009 Double Gold
Winemakers Choice Awards 2009 Diamond

2006 Vintage
Veritas 2008 Gold
Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2008 Double Gold
Juliet Cullinan Wine Connoisseurs Awards 2008 Gold
Swiss International Airline Awards 2008 Gold

2005 Vintage
Winemakers Choice Awards 2008 Diamond
Winemakers Choice Awards 2007 Diamond
Veritas 2007 Double Gold

2004 Vintage
Swiss International Airline Awards 2006 Gold
Veritas 2005 Double Gold
Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2005 Double Gold
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