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Arendsig Shiraz 2007 (#1579)

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Frikkie van der Westhuizen Arendsig wines
Category:Red
Region:Robertson Valley City:Robertson
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Arendsig (Eagleview) is a boutique cellar situated in the southern part of the Robertson Valley. It is here that Lourens van der Westhuizen hand-selects grapes, from single vineyards, to make distinct, hand-crafted wines with quality and character. The personal touch.

“This is my fifth vintage of creating my own wines. As the five years passed, I’ve learned and I’ve created. I’ve learned how to never stop learning, and I’ve created by grace of a precious gift - that of being a sole winemaker”.

This Shiraz was made of grapes harvested at optimum ripeness, selected, harvested and sorted by hand. The vineyards are situated on well-drained, rocky soils, resulting in small, concentrated berries. 80% of this wine surprises you with its typical French style, with smoky notes of cigar box, infused with mocha coffee tones and hints of spice. 10% awakens your senses with big fruity undertones, yielding new world smoothness and 10% is pure creative license on our part.

Only 1200 x 6 bottle cases of this exceptional wine were produced in my 2007 vintage. Crafted by Lourens van der Westhuizen.

Planted on well-drained limestone the juice from the Shiraz grapes is concentrated and of exceptional quality. The berries are gently separated from the stalks and put into 500l wooden casks. The juice extracts color and fruit from the skins and after 4 days wild yeast fermentation will start.

Three times a day the wine will be racked and then returned to the barrel, under a French micro-oxidation method called Delactash, to ensure optimal fruit extraction. At 5° Balling the free run juice is separated from the berries, which are then put through a basket press and this juice is added to the free run juice.

The juice then finishes fermentation in a tank before going back into specifically chosen barrels malolactic fermentation and ageing. Usually 90% French oak and 10% Hungarian oak is used, with perhaps some American oak barrels depending on the character Lourens wishes to bring to his wine.

History

Arendsig wines have risen out of the legacy of five generations of farmers at Wolvendrift. Situated on the Breede River between Robertson and Bonnievale the farm benefits from the cool morning dew and the Southern afternoon breeze. Here the fish eagles fly overhead, their distinctive call echoing above the vineyards.

Traditionally a deciduous fruit and wine grape farm it was only in 2004 that Lourens van der Westhuizen began establish a boutique winery and the first generation of winemakers began. Working as an equal partner in the vineyards with his father Frikkie, Lourens has carefully mapped the farm to plant vines in soils most suited to them.

This combination of maturity and youth has created well-balanced vineyards with top quality grapes. It is these carefully selected grapes that Lourens is now able to shape into the Arendsig hand-crafted range of wines.

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