Shiraz 2015 by Dragonridge
VARIETAL: 100% Shiraz
APPELATION: Swartland, South Africa
SOIL: Decomposed granite
ANALYSIS: Alc. 14.5%, Total acidity 6.2 g/l, pH 3.48, Residual sugar 2.7 g/l, Free SO2 1 ppm
CLOSURE: One piece, natural cork
WINEMAKERS: Johan Simons & Andy Kershaw
Vineyards & Harvest
The Shiraz blocks are 15 and 16 years in age and are planted on decomposed granite with a west-facing orientation. Our vineyards are all unirrigated bush vines and are farmed organically, using only sulphur and copper as fungicides. No herbicides or pesticides are used. We spray the vines by hand and so only take tractors into the vineyards for harvest. Harvest for the Shiraz took place on the 27th of January.
Thanks to excellent growing conditions, 2015 was a very successful vintage and provided us with undamaged, perfectly ripe grapes. All of our grapes are handpicked and sorted. The de-stemmed and crushed grapes were left on the skins with a small amount of Viognier skins for between 8 and 10 days in large bins so that natural fermentation could occur. The must was pressed at between 10 and 15 Balling, and fermentation was completed in tank. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally. The wine was then put into 3rd fill (or older) French oak barrels until bottling in February 2016.
In the glass, this Shiraz is a dark, brooding purple. It is an exceedingly aromatic wine with traditional Shiraz aromas of spicy leather and red fruit while the Viognier skins add hints of peach and a floral dimension. Despite its dark colour, this is actually quite a perfumed and delicate Shiraz, full of plum and berry flavours. This is kept in check by delightfully soft tannins that hold both your interest and the flavour, allowing for an extremely long finish.
This wine has been made using wild yeast and traditional techniques. To maximise character it is proudly unfined and unfiltered so sediment will occur in the bottle and in your glass. To experience it at its best, stand the bottle vertically for 24 hours before opening and decant slowly an hour before serving. Each bottle has been hand labelled and stamped and is unique.