2022 Cape Heights Shiraz

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2022 Cape Heights Shiraz

Deliciously juicy, forward style of Shiraz from cool Coastal vineyards.

Tasting Notes

Nose

A vibrant juicy style of Shiraz with ripe bramble and black cherry on the nose.

Palate

Fresh summer pudding fruits and gentle spice on the palate lead to a mellow and satisfyingly rich finish.

 

Production

The vineyards for this Shiraz clamber up the foothills of the Swartland mountains which are comprised of sandstone and alluvial soils. This region is hot and dry which forces these unirrigated vines to work hard to produce low yields and small berries. Produced from only free-run juice and fermented on skins in stainless steel tanks, a portion of the grapes are whole bunch fermented as the ripe stems add to the overall tannin quality of the wine. The remainder of the grapes are destemmed and pressed. After a third of the sugar has fermented, delestage is done once per day. The wine is drawn off at the bottom of the tank and transferred into a separate tank. Once complete, it is then transferred back into the fermentation tank onto the skins and stems. This method ensures more air is incorporated into the wine which helps to release the fresh, fruity, and spicy aromas known so well in this wine. When the final blend has been made, it is aged on fine lees for an extended period in French oak barrels along with around 15% from the previous vintage. This ensures a more complex wine with greater palate weight and mouthfeel.

Producer

Boutinot South Africa is driven by our passion for discovery and desire to capture the real essence of South Africa in every bottle. It was the simple love of Loire Chenin Blanc that first led us to South Africa in 1994, where we pioneered the wild ferment style that has now been adopted by many producers in this region.

Since then we have been exploring the country's amazing vineyards to make fabulous wines from specific sites and plots that scream location, location, and terroir. Our home-grown South African winemaking team of JD Rossouw and Ryno Booysen drive the energy and enthusiasm for expressing the loveliest wines from their country, along with Samantha Bailey's expertise in finesse. The key is knowing the characteristics of each plot, understanding the benefits each cultivar can bring, breaking rules, and pushing boundaries. We use a combination of knowledge, a love of nature, and science to create versatile, expressive, and food-friendly wines from a country that has been making wine for 360 years.

Specifications

Year 2022
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Shiraz
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
13.5% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.2 units
Type Red Wine
Dietary Information Vegan and Vegetarian
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Food Matches This wine was made with the barbecue in mind, it's a great partner to homemade burgers or sticky spare ribs.
Origin Western Cape