The Wine: KWV The Mentors Shiraz is an expressive wine. On the nose it has upfront plum, soury cherry and dark chocolate aromas with savoury nuances. The palate is rich velvety and smooth with hint soft pepper spice.
Food Pairing: Serve this wine with roast lamb, char-grilled beef fillet, wild game dishes or any other richly flavoured meat dishes, or enjoy on its own.
Grape: Shiraz 100%
Winemaker: Wim Truter and team
Wine Region: Western Cape
At a Glance: ABV: 15%
TYPE : Red CLOSURE : Screw cap
Ageing: The wine can be savoured now,or cellared for up yo eight years.
In the Vineyard: The winter preceding the 2013 vintage was characterised by plenty of cold spells and good, saturating rains,which ensured strong ,even budding and replenished soil moisture.With the arrival of spring, cool to moderate temperatures reduced vigour and encouraged higher quality in the grapes.Slower, consistent growth persisted through the early summer thanks to dyer conditions, which kept diseases at bay. The uncharacteristic supplementary rainfall during mid to late summer raised soil moisture levels and slightly extend the vintage and ripening period.Overall, the season delivered fruit with concentration, structure and flavour.
In the cellar: The grapes for this wine were harvested optimally ripe and sorted in the cellar to ensure that only the best fruit is used for fermentation. 25% of the blend was fermented as whole berries. The wine fermented naturally. The wine was pressed off the skins before alcoholic fermentation was completed to prevent the extraction of hard and dry tannins. Malolactive fermentation lasted 3 weeks in the barrel; where after the wine was racked and placed back into barrels for maturation. The wine was racked twice during its 18 months in the barrel.