For this delicious Vondeling Baldrick Shiraz 2013, Vondeling selected the sites and clones that promoted greater aromatics and a more accessible palate. The vineyards are planted on ancient granite derived soils on south and south east facing slopes. In total six clones of Shiraz are used and each clone contributes to the final wine. Hand-picking ensures that only the best fruit arrives at the cellar. The unfermented fruit shows over-whelming flavours of raspberry and blackcurrant.
Colour: Rich deep purple colour.
Nose: Opulent red and blue fruit with a hint of wood smoke. Profoundly perfumed with high floral notes of violets. Spices include cinnamon and liquorice.
Palate: A medium bodied wine. Shiraz is the focus of the blend and provides palate weight, dark fruit, subtle pepper and other exotic spices. The Mourvèdre adds red fruit and earthy truffles, while the Viognier helps to soften the wine and heightens the aromatics.
A note about the vineyard –
Ward: Voor Paardeberg, Western Cape, South Africa
This working wine farm has a tranquil atmosphere with panoramic mountain and vineyard views, and scenic hikes with Table Bay and Mountain visible in the distance. This area is rich in indigenous fynbos and four species are unique to the Paardeberg mountain – Babiana noctiflora, Erica hippuris, Oscularia paardebergenis and Serruria roxberghii.
The farm, which trades as Vondeling Wines, is owned by Julian Johnsen, Anthony Ward, and Richard Gower.