Spier: Signature Shiraz 2016

Flavours of spice and ripe plums on the nose and palate with an undertow of bruléed sugar. Gentle soft tannins and a creamy aftertaste.

$19.95

Year: 2016
Platter’s rating: Platter's 3 star rating!
WINEMAKER:
Jacques Erasmus

ORIGIN:
Western Cape (Darling, Durbanville, Botrivier and Paarl).

TERROIR:
Soil: Clovelly, Hutton and Estcourt.
Temperature: winter 9/18°C; summer 14/26°C
Annual rainfall: 650-750mm
Proximity to ocean: 40-80km

VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS:
Trellised vines of 15 -17 years old and planted on north-eastern slopes yielded the grapes for this wine. The vines received supplementary irrigation and produced 10 tons per hectare.

WINEMAKING:
Grapes were harvested at 24° balling, gently crushed, de-stemmed and cooled. After two days of cold soaking the juice was fermented until dry in stainless steel tanks at 24°C. Three pump-overs were conducted daily. After fermentation 20% of the wine was matured in French oak barrels for 8-10 months and the remainder matured in stainless steel tanks with French oak staves.

ANALYSIS:
Alc: 14.70% TA: 5.20 g/L
RS: 3.40 g/L pH: 3.57

APPEARANCE:
Rich ruby red in colour.

TASTING NOTE:
Flavours of spice and ripe plums on the nose and palate with an undertow of bruléed sugar. Gentle soft tannins and a creamy aftertaste.

SERVE WITH:
Rump or Sirloin steak.