RHINOFIELDS SHIRAZ BLOSSOM AT SYRAH DU MONDE
Jun 6th 2011, 12:59
Coming in at third place internationally under the Top 10 and as the top performing South African Shiraz, the limited edition 2008 Rhinofields Shiraz has been awarded a gold medal at the 2011 Syrah du Monde held in France recently. With 383 wines were sampled from 24 countries Durbanville Hills was one of only 34 to be honoured with gold.
According to red winemaker Wilhelm Coetzee, the 2008 Rhinofields Shiraz has done the cellar and the cool Durbanville ward proud by rubbing shoulders with some of the best Syrah and Shiraz in the world.
“When we created this limited edition wine we were aiming for a specific style, selecting exceptional grapes with a classic peppery profile that could capture the complexity of this cultivar and remind us of the classic Shiraz styles from the middle and northern Rhône area.
“We selected the best French oak with an extra tight grain in which to mature the wine for 18 months and then used the wine from the best barrels to create the final blend.”
The 2008 Rhinofields Shiraz offers sweet ripe fruit and plums, combined with white pepper and nutmeg, on the nose. Full-bodied and soft textured it fills the mouth with ripe red fruit that leads to silky tannins and oak flavours that linger on the palate. The spicy palette makes this wine the ideal companion to robust dishes such as game poultry, venison and red meats.
Durbanville Hills is a member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI) and named its reserve Rhinofields range for the threatened renosterveld to raise awareness. In addition, 210 ha of renosterveld are being protected on member farms.
The 2008 Rhinofields Shiraz is available exclusively from cellar at R119 per bottle. Click here for more information on Durbanville Hills
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