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2012 Longridge Rouge

Tasting Notes
This refreshing, fruity wine is bursting with raspberry, mulberry and blackberry flavours, while cloves, nutmeg and ripe cherries on the palate adds extra complexity.

TERROIR - Rooted in deep fine granite Tukulu soils on the slopes of the Helderberg, these vineyards enjoy the refreshingly cool breezes from the Atlantic Ocean during the hot summer months, resulting in even ripening of the berries.

VITICULTURE - All the vines are trellised in the vertical shoot position (VSP) style and under drip irrigation. Grapes were hand harvested middle February at 23°Balling.The vineyard produced 3.2 ton/ha. Smaller bunches with small berries resulted in a concentrated wine with good colour.

VINIFICATION - The grapes were hand sorted before and after de-stemming, and placed into stainless steel tanks for cold maceration. It was fermented with natural and commercial wild yeast for 12 days. The wine has been made in a very natural with minimal interference in the cellar and may in time develop natural and harmless sediment. This wine will improve over the next 5 years.

ORIGIN - Western Cape

BLEND - Shiraz 83%, Cabernet Sauvignon 9%, Cabernet Franc 6%, Pinotage 1%, Merlot 1%

Alc: 14.0 %    TA: 5.6/l     RS: 1.7g/l     PH: 3.57