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Excelsior Shiraz

2006 This big, bold wine has a bouquet packed with aromas of blackberry, mocha and spice. Flavor runs deep through the lengthy finish offering surprising complexity - you’ll be treated to richly textured fruit with an exotic smoky side and a hint of vanilla.
$16.00 / Bottle   $192.00 / Case

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Their motto? Please don’t drink and ride! Freddie and Peter De Wet produce a stable of great wines on their estate in South Africa’s Robertson Valley.

Robertson Valley vineyards.

It wasn’t always wine that came from the estate. The first member of the De Wet clan bought land in the valley in 1859. Over the years the estate has produced everything from ostrich feathers to hackney carriage horses, Friesland cattle and thoroughbred racehorses to award-winning wines.

The De Wets have raised vineyards for generations. Their original winery was known as the Long Cellar because it was continually being extended.

A modern winery was constructed in 1981 and today over 500 acres (some eighty percent of the estate) is covered in vineyards.

Water management is of great concern in this arid climate. All of the vineyards are irrigated by drip irrigation which allows precise application of the correct amount of water exactly when the vines need it and only when they need it.

Strict canopy management is utilized to control the vine’s growth and vigor. Irrigation is restricted during the growing season to create an environment that moderately stresses the vines. They do this so that the vines produce very small berries that are more concentrated than normal.

This 100% Shiraz comes from vineyards on calcareous soils with some clay. "Paddock Shiraz" refers to the vineyard site which is on land where the De Wets once pastured their horses.

The grapes were harvested at optimal maturity in early March (remember, this is the southern hemisphere where seasons are reversed).

The grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks at 32°C with pumpovers twice a day. The wine was then aged for 9 months in 80% French and 20% American oak.

Serve with pasta, burgers, or any robust casserole!