Vondeling Monsonia 2015/2016
|Style||Full bodied, rich, loads of fruit, some spice. best with food and decanted.|
|Grape||Shiraz 85%, Mourvédre 6 %, Grenache 5% & Carignan 4%|
|Food||Rare roast beef, beef stews, oxtail, pork belly, venison, wild boar.|
|Awards||John Platter Wine Guide 2018 4.5stars|
Wild yeast fermentation, one third new, two thirds 2nd & 3rd fill French oak for 16 months. Plums, blackcurrant, cinnamon, cloves and cocoa on the nose, elegant and balanced on the palate with fine tannins.
Monsonia (previous vintages were called Erica) is named after Monsonia Speciosa, a species of fynbos (vegetation type occurring in the Western Cape region of South Africa) that is endemic to the Paardeberg mountain, the home of Vondeling.
The Shiraz vines grow in ancient, well-weathered granite soils on south and southeast-facing slopes. In total, six clones of Shiraz can be found on the farm and only the best performing clones in each year go into the final blend.
Each clone contributes different characteristics to the wine and the different blocks are picked at varying degrees of ripeness, best suited to their character. This ensures a dynamic wine of superior quality. Highly selective hand picking guarantees that only the best fruit arrives at the winery.
After being chilled overnight, bunches are partially destemmed, but not crushed and whole berry fermentation takes place in open top fermentation tanks. An initial two day period of cold soaking is applied before wild yeast fermentation is allowed to commence. This cold maceration practice extends the maceration period, and promote gentle tannin and aromatic extraction.
During natural, wild yeast fermentation, hand plunging is the method of mixing and extraction. After fermentation, extended maceration takes place for at least two weeks. All wine is transferred directly to barrel where malolactic fermentation takes place. Only bigger French oak barrels are used, with about one third new and the rest 2nd- and 3rd-fill. The wine is allowed to mellow for 16 months before final selection and blending. After blending, this superior combination is allowed to integrate for a further 6 months before bottling.
John Platter Wine Guide 2017 4.5 Stars - Vondeling Erica Shiraz 2013
John Platter Wine Guide 2016 5 Stars - Vondeling Erica Shiraz 2012
Winestyle People’s Choice Awards SA 2014 Double Gold – Vondeling Erica Shiraz 2010