This is the seven vintage of a premium blend that was made to give extra dimension to the quality range of Middelvlei Wines. Bearing the family name, this wine reflects the optimum of quality and excellence this well-known Stellenbosch Estate has to offer.
The grapes were selected from vineyards that were carefully tended to ensure a low yield and concentrated fruit.
The grapes were harvested during February and March 2011 at 24-26� Balling. The grapes were handpicked and placed in small baskets to prevent bruising.
The rainfall during the winter before the vintage, as well as the growing season (September � December) were less than average. The annual rainfall was 573mm for the 2010/2011 season compared to the long-term annual average of 700mm.
In the cellar, the juice of all four varieties were fermented on the skins for four to six days in open cement tanks. The yeast type used for inoculation was NT50. The wines also underwent secondary malolactic fermentation. The wine was matured in 50% second fill oak barrels for 15 months � 50% French Never and 50% American Oak.
Winemaker’s Comments The appearance is a dark ruby red with deep shades of crimson. On the nose, you’ll find delicate red and black fruit aromas backed by wooded spices. The palate shows a well-structured wine with concentrated ripe fruit flavours. This wine offers middle palate complexity and a delightful lingering aftertaste.
Rating and Awards This wine is rated 4-Star by world famous Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2014.
Wine Analysis Nature: Dry red wine Grapes: 35% Shiraz, 28% Pinotage, 24% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon Alcohol: 13.64%