ORO: Saturated medium ruby, aromas of dark berries, chocolate and eucalyptus. Juicy cranberry and pomegranate flavors as well as licorice and herbs show depth. Ultra smooth, lingering finish.
Yields per hectare: 3.5 tonnes
Cases produced: 2200 x 12
Varietals: 56% Shiraz & 44% Cabernat Sauvignon
Wood treatment: 100% barrel matured for 12 months in 2nd & 3rd fill French oak.
Rated best non Bordeaux blend by Wine of the Month
Black Pearl Vineyards is a single unirrigated vineyard on the slopes of Paarl Mountain. The 4.5 hectares of Shiraz (planted 1998) and 3 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon (planted 1999) thrive on deep, well-drained Oakleaf soil. The high trellising system, severe pruning and canopy management are all managed to ensure low-yielding, stress free, phenolically ripe fruit. The adjoining land, we have made into a nature conservation area to preserve the last 4% of remaining renosterveld in the world, so being environmentally friendly is of utmost importance for us. Pest control is monitored rather than spraying chemicals, and our spray program for mildews uses chemicals with the least negative impact on the earth.
Wine Makerís Notes
Phenolically ripe grapes are handpicked, cooled before a gentle crushing, open fermented in 600kg lots, hand punched down three times daily, and put into the barrel at 5 degrees Balling to finish fermentation in barrel. The wine is racked three times before bottling a year later and is further aged in bottle for at least a year before release. We feel we have a special site and our goal is to bottle what comes from the vineyard. We add only yeast and minimal sulfur to the wine and take nothing out. Our goal is a limited edition, terroir driven wine that is drinkable now as well as able to mature further in the bottle.
Alcohol: 14.5%, pH: 3.7, Total Acid: 6.0, Residual Sugar: 6.0, Total SO2: 48, Free SO2: 15.