HOLDEN MANZ SHIRAZ 2012
Harvest 2012 promises to be a much talked about vintage in years to come. Wines from 2012 have already developed great color and tannin structure with a close to ideal acid balance. This is mainly due to the fact that the grapes were allowed a long ripening period with few hot spells in February/March and comfortable cool nighttime temperatures. The use of irrigation was also kept to a minimum and in most blocks there was little irrigation during season. This was as a direct result of good rains during the winter and the positive water retention characteristics of our soils.
Bright red edge with a ruby red centre.
Reflects plum and delicate aromas. Time spent in the barrel coconut and a slight spiciness. The nose is forward with a medium intensity.
Clean and subtle on entry, showing ripe, soft, chewy tannins. Sweet, dark, cherry fruits are supported by the wood tannins, allow the mid-palate length and depth. The wine has a balanced finish which allows it to be enjoyed on its own or to be paired with food.
Analysis: Alc: 14.00 % • TA: 5.1 g/l • RS: 2.9 g/l • pH: 3.55
Shiraz for the 2012 vintage was carefully hand-picked from different sections in the vineyards which were manicured to produce 6 tons/ha. The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness to get the correct balance between sugar and phenolic components. Grapes were bunch and berry sorted, crushed and destalked to tank. After 3 days of cold soaking at 10°C, alcoholic fermentation was started. The grapes was pressed directly to barrels where malolactic fermentation was completed. The wine was matured in barrel for 22 months: 10% new French oak and 90% 2nd and 3rd fill 225L barrels.
Lamb, slightly spicy food, charcuterie
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