Tuesday, 2 March 2010

TN : Godolphin 2005, Ben Glaetzer, Barossa Valley, Australia

This wine is a blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are 80% dry-grown Barossa Valley 85 year-old Shiraz vines and 20% dry grown Barossa Valley 60 year-old Cabernet Sauvignon vines. The yields were Cabernet Sauvignon at 1-1.5 ton per acre (0.4-0.6 ton per hectare) and Shiraz at 1-2 tonne per acre (0.4-0.8 ton per hectare). The wine is unfiltered.

The grapes were fermented in one tonne open fermenters and hand plunged three times daily. The must completed primary fermentation on skins and malolactic fermentation in oak. The wine was then matured for 15 months in oak, matured on lees to maintain fruit profile and animation. Minimal SO2 was used and the barrels were topped up every three weeks. 14 months were spent in 100% new oak of which 20% was American and 80% was French (70% hogsheads & 30% barriques). The pH is 3.52, Total Acidity is 7.18grammes per litre and the residual sugar is 0.6grammes per litre.

The name Godolphin has been linked with excellence in many fields, including politics, education and literature. The same ideals are used to make this wine. The label echoes the Ancient Egyptian Ankh symbol (pronunciation: onk). Historically the ankh symbolised sunrise, regeneration, regrowth and renewal.

Colour : Dark blackberry

Aroma : Blackberry, blackcurrant, mint, chocolate

Taste : Bright blackberry, blackcurrant, mint, pepper on finish, violets, vanilla, oak, sweet, warm finish

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 299 SEK

Mark : A

Website : Glaetzer Wines

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