LEOPARD SPOT RED 2013

Origin:

Voor Paardeberg

Harvest:

March 2013 by hand.

Blend Information:

Shiraz 55%, Pinotage 40%, and Mouvedre 5%

Bottling:

December 2013

Climate:

Mediterranean climate with moderate summers and cold, rainy winters. Rainfall of approximately 600 – 800 mm annually.

Soil:

Perdeberg Mountain sandstone, granite and shale.

Vinification:

Grapes were harvested at an optimum ripeness of 24°B, inoculated with a pure yeast strain and fermented on the skins until dry. After alcoholic fermentation was completed, malolactic fermentation took place after that the wine was blended together and maturing in steel tanks before the bottling.

Serving Suggestions:

A wine for classic roasts, great steaks and venison and cheeses – Ideal for Indian and Malesian food.

Tasting Notes:

This is a supple, elegant and very appealing wine with the tannins well integrated, but prominent enough to need 6 months longer to show off the ripe, fleshy black-cherry, plums, chocolate shadings to their best advantage and to be combined to the tone of spicyness and peppery flavours which are insured by the Shiraz in good percentage.

Ageing Potential:

Drinking exceptionally well now and will gain in intricacy over the next five year

Producers Comments:

The Leopard Spot Red is a red blend made from a selection of grapes of our best blocks of Shiraz and Pinotage, with a touch of Mourvedre. Full red wine suggesting ripe berries.