Haskell II NV

HASKELL II 2011 ★★★★☆

Variety

Blend: 60% Shiraz, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon,

Origin: Stellenbosch


 Harvest Data

Vintage detail: The 2011 vintage was yet another challenging year after the small 2010.  Very dry winter and no rain from November onwards made irrigation management difficult.  Due to the warm conditions ripening was earlier but nonetheless, we are happy with the quality of the wine.

Balling: 24 to 26

Production volume: 45 hl/ha

Hand Harvested: 100%


 Winemaking

Whole berries: 0%

De-stemmed: 100%

Fermentation vessel: Open Fermenter

Fermentation: Fermented with inoculated yeast with 4 pump- overs and punch downs in the first part of fermentation and only two during the last half of fermentation. Total maceration with skins was 15 days.

Barrel Type: 225L and 300L French oak barrels

New Barrel %: 40%

Maturation: 16 – 18 Months

Fining: Light fining with one egg-white

Filtration: Coarse filtration into the bottling

Bottled: January 2013


 Wine Analysis

Alcohol: 14.3 vol%

pH: 3.65

Total acidity: 5.7 g/l


Black red colour with purple rim. The nose shows flavours of black cherries, black pepper, chocolate powder and hints of liquorice. The palate has a soft entrance and is full bodied with lovely ripe fruit tannins in perfect harmony with oak nuances.