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Cape Heights Shiraz, Western Cape 2020/21

Vibrant Cape Shiraz that is absolutely crying out for a BBQ!
Soft & Supple, Medium-Bodied Red
£7.50
More Information
Producer Boutinot
Country South Africa
Region Western Cape
Wine Type Red Wine
Body / Style Soft & Supple, Medium-Bodied Red
Grape Blend 100% Shiraz/Syrah
Bottle Size (ml) 750
% Abv 13
Vintage 2021
Extra Info Full bodied, peppery
Food Pairing Guide This wine was made with the barbecue in mind, it's a great partner to homemade burgers or sticky spare ribs.
Rating:
90% of 100

Cape Heights Shiraz gets better every year! A glass full to the brim of vibrant cranberry fruits, raspberry, ripe cherry and freshly cracked black pepper. Full bodied, with integrated tannins and a great finish. You can't go wrong with a glass of this, a barbecue and some good company! The Cape Heights range offers fantastic value for money, and this is no exception.

The vineyards for this Shiraz clamber up the foothills of the Swartland mountains that are comprised of sandstone and alluvial soils. This region is hot and dry which forces these unirrigated vines to work hard to produce low yields and small berries. Produced from only free run juice and fermented on skins in stainless steel tanks, a portion of the grapes are whole bunch fermented as the ripe stems add to the overall tannin quality of the wine. The remainder of the grapes are destemmed and pressed. After a third of the sugar has fermented, delestage is done once per day. The wine is drawn off at the bottom of the tank and transferred into a separate tank. Once complete, it is then transferred back into the fermentation tank onto the skins and stems. This method ensures more air is incorporated into the wine which helps to release the fresh, fruity and spicy aromas known so well in this wine. When the final blend has been made, it is aged on fine lees for an extended period in French oak barrels along with around 15% from the previous vintage. This ensures a more complex wine with greater palate weight and mouthfeel.
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