Rietvallei Shiraz, Petit Verdot, Viognier
This vintage the blend comprises out of 58% Shiraz, 40% Petit Verdot and 2% Viognier. The wine is intense ruby red coloured and complex, expressing flavours of berry fruit, ground pepper spice and peachy fruit. The pallet is filled with berry fruit and the peppery, spicy and toasted oak flavours are well integrated. A Full bodied wine with pleasant ripe tannins and a smooth, lingering aftertaste.
Rietvallei Estate mostly comprise of calcareous (red clay & lime mix) soil. The Shiraz is from two vineyards planted in 1995 and 2005 respectively. The Petit Verdot was planted in 2005 and the Viognier in 2001. All the vines are trellised and under permanent irrigation.
The Shiraz and Petit Verdot grapes are picked at optimum ripeness at approximately 26 Â°Balling (Brix) and vinified separately. After destemming and slight crushing the mash is taken to open concrete tanks where traditional wine making methods are still implemented. During fermentation the temperature is regulated between 25-28ÂºC and the cap regularly wetted by the traditional method of pushing the skins down into the must manually every two hours. This together with pumping-over of the must onto the skins allows the colour and flavour to be extracted very effectively. It takes about five days to ferment dry and is then left on the skins for another five days before racking and pressing. After malolactic fermentation starts the wine is transferred to 300 liter French oak barrels where it is left to mature for 12 months. The Viognier grapes are also picked at optimum ripeness at around 27Â°Balling (Brix). In the cellar, after 8 hours of skin contact, only the free-run juice is selected and after settling transferred to the fermentation tanks. The juice is then inoculated with a special cultivated wine yeast and the fermentation controlled at 17Â°C till dry. After fermentation the wine is kept on the lees for at least six months. All the components making up this wine is then blended just before bottling.