Saronsberg Provenance Shiraz 2017
By Christian Eedes, 24 February 2020
Whole-bunch fermentation (not separating grapes from the stems) is very much in fashion when it comes to Pinot Noir and Syrah and when it works well, it adds extra perfume plus tannins that are somehow light yet strong.
It is conceivable, however, that there are consumers out there who want a little more depth of fruit and creaminess of texture, and they will be well served by the Provenance Shiraz from Tulbagh property Saronsberg.
In this instance, 75% of the grapes were destemmed and crushed while 25% underwent whole-berry fermentation. The must was “dejuiced” by 8% before fermentation while maturation lasted 18 months in French oak, 30% new.
The nose is still rather primary with notes of red fruit, spice and a hint of vanilla while the palate displays plenty of juicy fruit and soft tannins – it’s a polished wine that carries its alcohol of 14.57% and residual sugar of 3.7g/l remarkably well. Approximate retail price: R115 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 89/100.
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