imageSaxenburg Private Collection Shiraz Bottle
Saxenburg Private Collection Shiraz Bottle
Saxenburg (South Africa)

Saxenburg Private Collection Shiraz

Variety Shiraz
Position in Vineyards  Predominantly west-sloping for the extra warmth
Type of Soil  Vineyards are on medium to poor soil to maintain low production levels and high flavor concentration
Average Age of Vines  8 to 22 years 
Viticulture Practice  Trellised, no irrigation, 'vendange verte'  for lower yields
Yield per Hectare  3 Tons/ha
Vinification Details Only selected vineyards or part of vineyards.  Open tank fermentation at 32 degrees C, with plunging and pumping over 3 times daily.  2 further weeks of skin contact after fermentation with malolactic fermentation in tanks, no fining or filtration before barrel maturation.
Type & Size of Oak Barrels  300-liter American (80%) and French (20%) oak barrels, of which 30% new, 35% second fill and 35% third fill
Duration in Wood  12 months with no racking
Maturation Potential  > 10 years
Winemaker's Comments  This 100 % Shiraz with its warm spicy flavours and hints of coffee strikes a fine balance between fruit and tannins.