Wine of Origin Elgin
Our Ridgelands range of wines are domain and vineyard specific. Carefully selected to express a true sense of place.
TERROIR & VITICULTURE
This is a cool area, situated 12-20 km from the sea, with mean February (ripening stage) temperatures of 19-20°C. Soils are predominantly ferruginous (iron rich) gravel on highly weathered, soft Bokkeveld Group shale, situated at 200-300 m altitude and surrounded by Table Mountain sandstone mountains at heights of about 500-1 000m, sheltering the area from the often extremely strong south-easterly winds in summer.
The grapes were crushed, de-stalked and allowed 3 days cold soak. The fermentation took a total of 14 days at an average temperature of 24°C with regular four hourly pump overs. Malolactic fermentation commenced on the skins. This post maceration lasted 12 days. The wine was pressed, allowed to settle and finished malolactic fermentation in tank. The wine was then racked to barrel where it spent 12 months is 90% French oak and 10% American, of which 25% was new.
Vibrant, youthful purple hues in the glass. The aromatic intensity of the nose evokes nuances of sweet cranberries and a liberal dose of white pepper, so typical of cool climate Shiraz from the Rhône Valley. Medium bodied on the palate, this Shiraz is a marriage of sweet red fruit, blackberry fruit pastilles layered with white pepper and spice. The lingering finish shows good balance between dark fruit, spiciness and subtle oaking imparted from 20 months maturation in oak. This Shiraz has excellent maturation potential.