Col. Mulscal Roos 2016The wine is not your typical new world big, oaky Shiraz. The wine is compact; red fruit, spice and rather fresh and lively with great length. It is from 4 different parcels of Shiraz; 3 are located around the Paardeberg.... The Story
As with the last wine I released, the story behind the Colonel is super controversial and interesting but this is one that I do not want to write an essay about. It is based on much the same theory of that which drives "Confessions of a White Glove Chaser 2013", my 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Helderberg - Somerset West, except that it is from another area. And when you move into a different area you need to adjust your site selection strategies slightly. Or maybe I should say significantly. The area/people/climate dictate the varietal or cultivar of choice and this ultimately ends up as a complete different style of wine produced. Therefore the same strategy with completely contrasting outcomes.
The name "col. (Colonel) MULSCAL ROOS" is a type of amalgamation word, and within this amalgamation lies the code that unlocks and reveals my very basic, yet secret strategy in site selection for Shiraz grapes in the Voor Paardeberg, around Riebeeck Kasteel, Hopefield/Darling and the slopes of the Paardeberg - And that is about all I'm at liberty to say about the name.
The wine is not your typical new world big, oaky Shiraz. The wine is compact; red fruit, spice and rather fresh and lively with great length. It is from 4 different parcels of Shiraz; 3 are located around the Paardeberg mountain (2 of them growing on decomposed granite in the Swartland and the other one located just across the border in the Voor Paardeberg). The 4th parcel grows in the Riebeecks river, close to Riebeeck Kasteel, and the last component (a very small block of Carignan) resides towards Hopefield/Darling. About 30% of the grapes were fermented in little open top fermenters as whole bunches. What makes this significant is that 30% of the stems were present throughout fermentation. You then get a kind of tannin that comes from it and gives a fresh cool herbaceous extreme length to the wine. So you can drink col. MULSCAL ROOS now, but it will be best in 3 - 5 years and beyond (if you have enough self-discipline to keep it that long).Technical InformationVintage: 2016How to order
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