Cape Heights Shiraz, 2017

Vibrant Shiraz from the Western Cape… our best yet!


100% Shiraz

SKU: SAB292 Category:
How it's made

The vineyards for this Shiraz clamber up the foothills of the Swartland mountains that 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.

Tasting Notes

Wow, the best Cape Heights Shiraz we've ever made, this is absolutely reflects the super fantastic vintage. It is proof of how far South African reds have come in the past 10 years. It is fresh, vibrant, positively thrumming with sappy wiry fruit with a bright mineral palate, cranberry fruit and a long essential finish.

Food Match

This wine was made with the barbecue in mind. It is a great partner to homemade burgers or sticky spare ribs.

Allergens

Contains sulfites and no other allergens

ABV

14.50%

Appellation

Western Cape

Region / Country

South Africa, Western Cape

Winemaker

Ryno Booysen

Closure

Screwcap

Case / Bottle Size

12 x 750ml

Bottle Barcode

3430560010671

Case Weight

31.50lbs.

Case Barcode

23430560010675

Capsule Type

Aluminum

Pallet Details

70 cases per pallet / 5 layers