GREAT EXPECTATIONS SHIRAZ 2014
Goedverwacht Estate is a family owned estate, beautifully situated in the Robertson Valley on the banks of the Breede River. The farm has been owned by the Du Toit family for three generations dating back to 1950.
At present the farm constitutes 180 ha under vineyards and spans a diverse range of terroirs, soil types and micro climates. This enables us to produce wines of distinctive character with an inherent fruit purity and elegance.
The Robertson / Bonnievale district has a dry Karoo climate but at night the air cools down considerably. The soil varies from deep alluvial next to the Breede River to heavy Karoo clay and limey gravel on the slopes, enabling Goedverwacht to produce a wide variety of cultivars suitable to the different soil types.
A 14 year old vineyard standing on a Southern slope, in weathered shale soil. Rootstock Richter 110, Shiraz clone SH1A.
Moderate temperatures during ripening, ensured even ripening. Cool night temperatures was favourable for good colour development in the skins.
Hand harvested into 2 ton bins, after we did grape selection in the vineyard. Production of 6000/7000 litre per hectare.
Grapes were harvested at 26 degrees balling. Fermentation took place in stainless steel pump over tanks, after a cold soaking period of 2 days. The fermentation temperature was controlled at 25 C. The wine was fermented dry on the skins and then pressed to another tank where malolactic fermentation took place and finished within 4 weeks. The wine was then racked and put into a stainless steel tank where it aged on French oak staves for 12 months before it was filtered and bottled.
Alcohol 14 vol % Sugar 2,6g/l pH 3,45 Acidity 5,8 g/l V/A 0,50
This Great Expectations Shiraz is deep, crimson red with purplish hue colour. Blackcurrant, savoury and spicy on the nose. Full bodied on the palate with fine tannins that is in good balance with the acidity. Ideal with venison, oxtail stew and pungent cheese.
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