2013 Shirvington Wine Notes
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon from Block 4 of our Redwind vineyard was harvested at optimal ripeness. Crushed into 5 tonne opens the wine spent a week on skins being plunged, pumped over and racked and returned. It was basket pressed to oak where it underwent malolactic fermentation and maturation for 20 months prior to being blended and bottled.
72% French oak, 28% American oak - 77% new and 23% 3 year old hogsheads.
Ruby red in colour the nose of this wine is alive with blackcurrant and rhubarb. Aromas of milk chocolate, leather and hints of tobacco leaf further complex the nose. The palate is upfront with fleshy plum and cherry fruit and morphs into a supple and delicate wine with flavours of aniseed and thyme. A long, savoury finish rounds off this exciting wine.
2013 The Redwind Cabernet Sauvignon
Grapes grown in the beautiful terra rosa soil of Block 4 in our Redwind vineyard were chosen and crushed into an open fermenter. The wine was plunged, pumped over, racked and returned and then basket pressed into predominantly new French oak. The best barrels were chosen and different amounts from each barrel were put together to make the finest blend.
100% French - 70% new and 30% 2 year old hogsheads. This wine was a blend from the best 3 barrels.
Cassis and black cherry fruit merge with cedar spice and exotic florals to create layered, continuously evolving aromas. The palate is teeming with flavour – fresh forest berries, coffee bean, mint and mocha all perfectly balanced by firm, textural tannins and succulent acidity. A wine of exceptional length and intensity, it will age gracefully for many years.
Shiraz grapes from Block 6 and Block 9 of our Redwind vineyard were harvested at their best possible ripeness and fermented separately in 5 tonne opens. The wines were plunged, pumped over and racked and returned before being basket pressed. Parcels were kept separate during 20 months of maturation until being blended and bottled.
71% French, 29% American - 51% new and 49% 2 and 3 year old hogsheads and puncheons.
An incredibly fragrant nose is apparent upon pouring – plenty of juicy, ripe blackberries and red cherries with perfumed violets and lightly toasted cinnamon spice. Restrained use of oak allows the freshness of the fruit to stand out from beginning to end. Elegant and understated the tannins are supportive and add length to the already wonderful palate. A seamless and vibrant wine that will improve with age.
2013 The Redwind Shiraz
Grapes from Block 9 of our Redwind vineyard were selected at peak maturity and crushed into an open fermenter. During fermentation the wine was plunged, pumped over and racked and returned before being basket pressed. The wine spent 20 months maturing in specially selected French oak. The best barrels were chosen and different amounts from each barrel were put together to make the finest blend.
100% French - 86% new and the remainder 2 and 3 year old hogsheads. This wine was a blend from the best 4 barrels.
Aromas erupt from the glass promising a rich, complex wine of multiple layers. Blood plum and smoked charcuterie meats waft around with dark chocolate and liquorice. The palate is an explosion of fruit and tannin. It has immense concentration yet maintains elegance. Savoury, chewy tannins built for aging will see this wine remain youthful and cellar wonderfully.
Weather conditions leading up to the 2013 vintage were relatively benign. Winter of 2012 started with average rainfall, which diminished significantly through the remainder of the season. It remained dry through spring with temperatures above average. Summer gave us periods of heatwave conditions reducing yields but giving a disease free vintage. Irrigations were necessary from early in the growing season to help preserve the small crop.