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2014 Benguela Cove Shiraz

South Africa
Walker Bay
Bottle size
750 mL

This young and vibrant wine exhibits a vivid purple hue and fine legs. A seductive nose reflects beautiful rich and ripe fruit flavours, some indigenous fynbos notes and hints of white pepper, cinnamon and cloves. A lush, sweet palate is given definition with delicate spice and cherry flavours. Finely integrated tannins and a style reminiscent of the Northern Rhone shows the promise of great longevity.

Winemaking Notes

The grapes were harvested, destalked and underwent a six day cold soak period in stainless steel tanks before fermentation was induced. After fermentation the wines were placed in a combination of new (25%) and older (72%) French oak barrels for 12 months. A range of barrels, from different cooperages, was used to promote colour stability and oak integration prior to bottling.

Growing Conditions

The Benguela Cove Shiraz 2014 is made from two clones planted on two adjacent, north-westerly facing vineyards situated on the shores of the lagoon which runs down to the cold Atlantic Ocean. Soil in the Walker Bay region varies with most originating from weathered Bokkeveld shale. Some areas of iron rich ferricrete cobblestones can also be found at Benguela _Cove. There is also a very high calcium content in the soil, some of the highest in the region.
Average annual rainfall at Benguela Cove is one of the lowest in the region and irrigation is done using fresh. mountain water when needed. Low rainfall, coupled with windy maritime conditions, results in vineyards that are less prone to fungal disease. Nurtured in mild growing conditions, the fruit was hand-harvested from these low yielding vineyards in the cooler morning hours to ensure quality of fruit.