Fortress Hill Shiraz 2012

Fortress Hill Shiraz 2012


The vineyards

The grapes came from old vineyards planted in 1978, and new vineyards of selected clones planted in 1998 in clovelly soil. The vineyards are trellised and face North West.

The winemaking

Selected blocks were hand harvested in the second week of March 2012 with sugar levels of 25°B. The grapes were destemmed and cold soaked for 24 hours. After 24 hours the pulp was inoculated with selected yeast strains and fermentation took place at 25°C. The wine was pressed at 5°B. MB (malolactic bacteria) was inoculated and MLF (malolactic fermentation) took place in stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged in older French oak barrels for 24 months. After maturation the wine was stabilized and prepared for bottling.

Winemaker’s Comments

Dark in colour with aromas of mulberry, violets and pepper. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with soft juicy tannins ensuring a lingering blackberry aftertaste.
Alcohol 14.10 Vol%
R.S.  6.1 g/l
T.A. 5.3 g/l
PH 3.44
Total Extract 35.1 g/l
Free Sulpher 27 mg/l
Total Sulpher 80 mg/l

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