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Excelsior Shiraz Robertson, Breede River Valley 2016 75cl

£8.95 PER BOTTLE £96.00 PER CASE
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COUNTRY: South Africa
VINTAGE: 2016
APV: 14%
GRAPE VARIETIES: Shiraz/Syrah
FOODS: barbequed red meats, lamb, ribs and hearty cheeses.
AVAILABILITY:IN STOCK
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Excelsior Shiraz Robertson, Breede River Valley 2016 75cl

(V) Aromas of dark cherry and sweet violet, with additional notes of pepper. A soft and juicy palate, with freshness and a long finish.
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The 19th century De Wet farm is located in the picturesque Robertson Valley, nestled between two rugged mountain ranges near the Breede River, where it benefits from ideal conditions to breed horses and grow vines...

Historically, the farm had three activities: horse and ostrich breeding and vine growing, but today winemaking is the main activity. Owning 220 hectare of their own vines and having a bottling line on site has allowed the winery to control the making of its wines from start to finish. The De Wet family has also developed a social program which benefits its employees and the local community and, through the sales of Excelsior wines, has financed the building of a local crèche as well as the two teachers for the village school.

A potential rival for the crown of ‘world‘s greatest black grape‘, Syrah has emerged relatively recently as one of the most-planted grape varieties worldwide. The two ‘classic‘ regions in which it thrives are the Northern Rhône valley, where it makes fabulous, dense, spicy wines which age majestically for decades, and Australia, to which it was introduced in 1832 by the settler James Busby and goes by the name Shiraz. The two different names usually denote two very different styles. Shiraz has come to be used for richer, blacker wines with more ripe fruit flavour on the mid-palate, while Syrah tends to be used for structure-driven wines with more restrained flavours of black pepper and spice with characteristic black fruit. The grape is thick-skinned and prefers warmer climates, although its flavours tend to degenerate jammily if subjected to too much heat. Excellent examples in the Syrah style can be found in the Languedoc-Roussillon, the Hawkes Bay area of New Zealand and now some cooler parts of Australia; in its Shiraz guise Australia is still the heartland, but is also cultivated in South Africa and California.

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