Vondeling Baldrick Shiraz 2017/2018
|Style||Full bodied, fruity, a little spice. Delicious slightly chilled on a hot summers day.|
|Food||Pork, chops, duck, fillet Minjon, bangers and mash, even turnips.|
|Awards||Platter's Wine Guide 2019 & 2020 4 Stars, Gilbert & Gaillard 2018 International Challenge 87/100, Gold Wine Awards 2019 Gold, WineMag.co.za 2019 90/100|
11 months in 2nd & 3rd -fill French oak barrels. Raspberry and blackcurrant fruit with peppery spiciness on the nose; a generous mouth feel and lingering finish.
For this delicious wine we select the sites and clones which promote greater aromatics and a more accessible palate. The vineyards are planted on ancient granite derived soils on south and south east facing slopes. In total six clones of Shiraz are used and each clone contributes to the final wine. Hand-picking ensures that only the best fruit arrives at the cellar. The unfermented fruit shows over-whelming flavours of raspberry and blackcurrant.
After being chilled overnight, the previous day’s fruit goes through preliminary bunch sorting, after which the grapes are destemmed and berry sorting is applied. The sorted berries drop straight into open-top tanks where cold soaking takes place. Cool fermentation with hand plunging/mixing allows the winemaker to produce a more elegant, fruit-driven profile. After fermentation, the wine is transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation, which soften and enhance the subtle characteristics of the wine. Older French oak barrels were used for maturation, so as not to over-wood the wine and disrupt in subtle balance. After 11 months in barrel, the wine was blended and bottled.
Vondeling Baldrick Shiraz 2016
Platter's Wine Guide 2018 3.5 Stars
Vitis Vinifera 2017 Gold
James Suckling 2018 93 Points
Vondeling Baldrick Shiraz 2014
Platter's Wine Guide 2017 3.5 Stars
Veritas Awards 2016 Bronze
Vondeling Baldrick Shiraz 2013
Platter's Wine Guide 2015 3.5 Stars
Gold Wine Awards 2015 Gold