Andreas Shiraz 2017
A smooth, full-bodied wine in the classic New World style.
After months of careful nurturing, the grapes are hand-picked in the early morning, and brought cool to the cellar, to await their metamorphosis at the skilful hands of winemaker Etienne Malan (formerly of Rust-en-Vrede, in Stellenbosch). The wine spends between 12 and 18 months on toasted French and American oak, and the best individual barrels are selected to create the final blend. The result is a smooth, full-bodied wine in the classic New World style, with characteristic peppery, spicy, berry flavours, chocolate and coffee, with excellent ageing potential.
Nestling in the Bovlei valley, just outside Wellington, the Andreas wine estate is a hidden gem comprising 4.5 hectares of vineyards, an elegant eighteenth century house and lush gardens. With a history dating back to the first Huguenot settlement in the valley, the estate forms part of the parcel of land originally granted to Barend Blum in 1699. Long, hot summer days, cooled by late afternoon breezes, chilly, wet winters and sandy and loamy soils combine to provide the perfect terroir for the Shiraz which is produced. Small, dark and flavoursome berries are at the heart of this noble cultivar. In 2015 the estate was acquired by a group of U.K. wine enthusiasts under the banner of Andreas Wine Trading. Their ambition is to build on the wine’s existing heritage, enhance the quality of the wine and take it to an even wider audience.
Click on the video link below the wine bottle and see Richard Siddle and Joe Wadsack chat about this wine.
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