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Peacock Ridge Shiraz 2011

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Two new wines under the entry-level Peacock Ridge label from Waterkloof near Somerset West, both offering great quality relative to price.

Peacock Ridge Chenin Blanc 2011: 15.5/20
Price: R59 a bottle
Grapes from the Paardeberg, Swartland and Helderberg, Stellenbosch. Spontaneous fermentation, 10% in old 600-litre barrels, rest in tank. Huge richness (to the point of precluding it from everyday drinking) despite only 13.5% alcohol by volume. Peach and slight nuttiness, bright acidity (TA 6.45g/l) but extra sugar has its influence (RS of 5.5g/).

Peacock Ridge Shiraz 2011: 16/20
Price: R59 a bottle
Grapes from the Paardeberg, Swartland and Helderberg, Stellenbosch. Spontaneous fermentation in a combination of stainless steel and wooden fermenters, after which the wine was aged in old 600-litre barrels and large vats for six months. Relatively light bodied, fruit-driven and fresh with red fruit, fynbos and spice. Really fun to drink thanks in part to low-ish alcohol by volume of 13.5%.

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  1. Things are in a desperate way if you can describe the Shiraz’s 13,5 % alcohol as “lowish”! Even describing it as “highish” would seem not ungenerous to me. And the Chenin is rich despite “only” 13.5% alc. What is a moderate alcohol level to you, Christian if 13.5 is lowish? 15%? And a high one? 17%? I really think you need to drink some more Old World wines to get a balanced perspective on things….!

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