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GARDEN VINEYARDS ROSÉ 2013

TASTING NOTES

Deep blush tones. This crowd pleasing rosé displays alluring aromas and juicy flavours of cherries and strawberry nose, followed by crispy summer fruit salad palate. The pallet is accented with delicate floral and spice nuances. The balance is perfect ending dry and crisp enticing you to take another sip!

 

Technical Detail

Winemaker  Carl van der Merwe
Varietal blend

47% Syrah

32% Grenache

21% Mourvédre

Alcohol  13.5 %
pH 3.4
RS 1.63 g/l
Total acid 5.4 g/l
Appellation Stellenbosch

 

Vineyards
These Syrah, Grenache and Mourvédre vineyards are situated on the farm DeMorgenzon in the Stellenboschkloof and are part of this prestigious farm’s replanting programme. Small portions of the grapes are bought in from surrounding farms in Stellenbosch. The grapes are selected for their ability to produce fresh, fruit forward wines. Trellised vineyards are managed to ensure natural high acidity and full flavour concentration.

 

VINTAGE

The grapes were handpicked and selected in the early morning at between 22º and 23º Balling. The yield was 8.7 (55hl/ha) tons per hectare with acids above 6.2 g/l and pH is generally below 3.3.

Crop levels were good in 2013 with moderate temperatures and breezy conditions ensuring healthy fruit. A hot spell in January caused small losses of fruit that were exposed to the sun, necessitating selective harvest. Moderate temperatures then persisted for the rest of the season.

 

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION

Bunch selection was done in the vineyard. Grapes were partially whole bunch pressed, the balance de-stemmed and the juice left for 4 to 6 hours of skin contact before being drained, blended and fermented. This elegant style wine was matured in old oak barrels for a few months for added complexity and austerity.

 

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

2012:
Feature Article Fairlady Magazine
2011:
3 stars Platter’s Guide