Sunday, 14 April 2013

TN : The Mentors Shiraz 2009, KWV, Rainbow's End, Helshoogte, South Africa

All of the  grapes were harvested in March 2009. The yield at harvest was 4.5tonnes per hectare. The balling at harvest was 25.8 degrees. The grapes were harvested optimally ripe and were hand sorted in the cellar to ensure that only the best fruit was used for fermentation. The wine fermented naturally and alcoholic fermentation lasted approximately six days. During this time it was pumped over every four hours. The wine was pressed off skin before alcoholic fermentation was completed to prevent the extraction of hard and drying tannins. Malolactic fermentation lasted three weeks in the barrel whereafter the wine was racked and put back in the barrel for maturation. The wine was racked twice during its 18 months in barrels.

The wine was matured for 18 months in a combination of 85% French oak barrels and 15% American oak barrels; 70% of these barrels were new oak. A total of 2,130 bottles were produced. The wine was bottles in December 2009.

This wine has won several medals :

  • Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2012 - Bronze
  • Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 - Commented
  • International Wine Challenge 2011 - Silver Medal
  • Concours Mondial 2011 - Gold Medal
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2010 - Gold Medal

This bottle was part of a five bottle box entitled The Mentors.

This wine was imported by Arvid Nordquist Vin och Sprithandel.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Spice, milk chocolate, blackberry, blueberry, white pepper, burnt toast

Taste : Burnt toast, oak, liqourice, raspberry, blueberry, spice, coffee, black pepper on finish

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 999 SEK (The Mentors Gift Box, 5 bottles)

Systembolaget Number : 72266

Mark : B

Website : KWV

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