Radford Dale Shiraz Stellenbosch 2008
Radford Dale Shiraz is sourced from two vineyards, the older parcel located on the Helderberg Mountain, overlooking False Bay and subject to cool ocean breezes, the younger in Devon Valley, on an elevated northeast-facing slope. Yields are low: 40 - 45 hl per hectare. All grapes are hand picked and then manually sorted prior to de-stemming and a pre-fermentation cold-soak. Pump-overs and cappunching takes place twice daily; the aim is not over-extract but to achieve on integrated tannins and overall balance. The juice is left on skins for ten days after fermentation before racking into barrels. Micro-oxygenation is carried-out in barrel to enhance suppleness of tannins, deeper colour and further fruit intensity. After malolactic fermentation the wine is barrel matured for fourteen months, then assembled into one tank to settle for a month. The wine is bottled without fining or filtration and is classic, spicy peppery Shiraz with abundant juicy fruit and bound with firm, ripe tannins; the definition of balance with power and restraint, backbone and fruit.
Dark reddish purple with thick legs clinging to the sides. Sour raspbery right off when I stick my nose in the glass followed by a little earth, mineral, leather and some light herbal notes. Strong acidity with medium tannins and a sharpness on the front palate. Rich in the mouth the wine show chocolate, charcoal, and redfruit, though overall it's a bit acrid a bitter hollow finish. 2/5 [NR]