Less “Whine” and more “Wine”, our pick this #WineWednesday is Shiraz 2016 from Anthonij Rupert wines

Gentle plum and black berry compote aromas, with a light pepper nuance. The first impression is one of succulence: a juicy palate of ripe plum and black berries. The smooth, silky texture is somewhat deceptive, since the wine has a firm backbone, but is well balanced, integrated and supple. Hints of tobacco leaf and liquorice can be found on the rich and, lingering spicy finish.

SHIRAZ ANTHONIJ
In the Vineyard

These grapes are specially selected from the Groenekloof ward in the Darling area and from the Swartland area. Darling is unique for its warm days and cool nights. This, together with the deep red soils, shows beautifully in the wine as a mix between dark and red fruit flavours, good concentration and a soft, juicy tannin structure.

Winemaking

The Shiraz grapes were harvested by hand at 24.5˚Balling. After de-stemming and crushing, the juice was  transferred into 10 000ℓ French oak tanks and 10 000ℓ stainless steel tanks to add complexity to the wine. Fermentation on the skins took place at 26˚C for 15 days. The wine was drained from the skins and the skins pressed. The free run- and press wine were aged separately and blended after 8 months. Maturation took place in tanks with tight grain French oak staves and 3rd fill barrels for about 12 months.

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