Saronsberg Wines, Art Space Shiraz 2017

£11.00 (75cl)

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Berries gently crushed into satellite tank & deposited in open & closed fermenters. Cold soaked for 3-4 days at 9°C. Tanks heated to 18°C & inoculated with selected yeast. Fermentation allowed to peak at 28°C then brought down to 22°C. Fermenting cap manually punched down 3 times daily with 2 pump-overs per day. Mourvèdre is pressed and finishes ferment in barrels. Shiraz is given extended maceration after ferment. Total time on skins is 21 days. Wines pressed into 3rd and 4th fill 300L French Allier oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation completed in barrels. Left on gross lees for 10 mths, racked, blended & returned to barrels. After 16 months in barrels, the racked and filtered prior to bottling.

About the producer

Nestled at the foot of the mountain after which it is named, Saronsberg is a contemporary addition to the rich heritage of Tulbagh Valley, comprising 40 hectares of vines: two-thirds red, one-third white. Created by Nick van Huyssteen in 2002, Saronsberg is managed by winemaker Dewaldt Heyns and it is clear to see his love of Rhône winemaking styles in the two Shiraz-dominated wines under the ‘Artspace’ label, which are cracking value for the price. Dewaldt has worked in Sonoma, USA, and also in France, which he says broadened his horizons (he is a member of the prestigious Cape Wine Guild). This proved to be a winning combination, with Saronsberg performing constantly at the highest level, receiving numerous awards since its maiden vintage.

The Tulbagh region lies between three mountain ranges: the Witzenberg, the Obiqua and the Winterhoek. The only route that lies open is towards the sea, across the Breede Valley situated 80km off the Atlantic coast, with a continental climate of Mediterranean summers and cold, wet winters. Soils can be broadly classified into 3 categories depending on their location: 1) Red/ yellow clay loam with some fine gravel on the slopes of the Saronsberg Mountain; 2) Deposited boulder beds and sandy-loam alluvial soils surrounding the Klein Berg River and 3) Mid-valley shales towards the centre of the Tulbagh Valley. The bulk of the vineyards are planted in the mid-valley medium deep soils that have developed from Malmesbury shale. The aspect is roughly east, with an average height of 160-185m. The rainfall is 450-550mm per year (June to September). The general wind direction is southeasterly, providing a cooling effect in the afternoons.

All wines grapes are handpicked in the early morning, then cooled to 4°C. A majority of the wines are Bunch sorted, destemmed & berry sorted on vibration tables (unless stated otherwise).

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