HOLDEN MANZ GOOD SPORT CAPE VINTAGE 2009
2009 produced shiraz grapes of immense spiciness and deep colour. Dry conditions coupled with cool nights helped to achieve perfect balance between all the components and resulted in an exceptional wine.
Deep, dark ruby red.
The nose is intense showing flavours of fruit cake and sweet raisins. Hints of cassis and dark berry fruits.
Smooth, soft entry with rich vanilla, coconut and raisin fruit exudes on the palate. This wine is rich and warm and has a long finish. With time, the balance between spirit and wine will harmonize creating a wonderfully complex offering.
Analysis: ALc: 20.0% TA: 5.0 g/L RS: 88.8 g/L Ph: 3.75
The Shiraz for the 2009 vintage was chosen from a selected block. The vineyard was manicured to produce 6.5 tons/ha. Grapes were picked at optimal ripeness to get the correct balance between sugar and phenolics.
The grapes were bunch and berry sorted, crushed and destalked to tank. After 1 day of cold soak at 15°C, alcoholic fermentation was started. Wine was pressed directly to tank and fortified with brandy spirit. The wine was transferred from tank to 5 year old 225L French oak barrels and matured for 19 months.
When cellared correctly this wine will hold an even greater drinking experience. Look forward to opening this wine in the next 5-10 years or even longer.
- Holden Manz Chocolate and Hazelnut Torte.
- After a good meal enjoyed with a fine cigar and good friends.