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Zevenwacht Z 2012 – Grenache

VINTAGE:  2012   2011

Wine Style: Bold & full bodied
When to Enjoy: With a decadent meal and on special occasions.
How to Serve: Cool 18 degrees.
Our meal suggestions: Excellent with a fillet mignon with a rich balsamic glaze served with baby potatoes coated in a parsley butter and steamed asparagus, or succulent oxtail stew on a bed of sweet potato mash are our robust suggestions, but try more sublime combinations too.
The wine itself: A voluptuous alluring and rich wine, structured and spicey with an intense raspberry flavoured fruit on the nose and palate, followed through with a subtle white pepper spice.
What about the grapes? 100% Grenache. We get small really concentrated berries from this vineyard.
 And the vineyards (terroir): The vineyards are at altitudes of 500 – 550 meters above sea level on a north facing slope.  The vines are trellised on a seven-wire hedge system. Pruned to two-bud spurs, allowing for 16 – 18 bearers per running meter, we harvest approximately six tons per hectare.
 How was it made:

The grapes were hand-harvested and selected at optimum ripeness.  Fermentation took place in open top fermenters with regular punch downs to extract intense colour and soft pliable tannins.  After fermentation the wine was racked to French oak barrels. The wine was aged for 16 months in 2nd fill barrels.   We selected the best 2 barrels for the 2012 Grenache Z Collection.   Only 1000 liters – 1 333 – bottles were produced.

Should this wine age / mature: Excellent aging potential – easily 6 – 10 years.
Technical Facts: Grape Origin: Stellenbosch
Wine Variety: Syrah, Mourvedre, Viognier & Grenache
Body: Full bodied
Acidity: Medium Acidity
Barrel Treatment: Wooded
Alc: 14.5 % pH: 2.62 g/l Acid: 5.04 Rs: 3.51 g/l

 

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