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A Southern Rhône blend of Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Grenache, the fruit for Guardian Peak's SMG comes from the Western Cape area of South Africa.

Aromas of red cherries and hedgerow fruit combine with savoury spice and cured meat. Fresh berry fruit follows through on the palate, with layered notes of dried apricot, cardamom, and allspice, backed up by supple but firm tannins. Juicy and medium bodied, the wine finishes on a spicy dry note. A blend of 64% Syrah, 31% Mourvèdre and 5% Grenache.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.3 g/L

pH

3.54

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

VARIETY

Red Blend

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Western Cape

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

The Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache were all hand-harvested, destemmed and crushed separately. The grapes were fermented in open-top fermentation tanks with pump-overs and punch-downs daily. Each variety was individually vinified. A period of post-fermentation maceration was encouraged for a gentle extraction of tannin and to soften existing tannins. Half of the Grenache underwent whole bunch fermentation to enhance the ripe red fruit flavours of the grape. The wine was transferred to 300L French oak barrels for 18 months (of which 30% new oak) for further barrel maturation.

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Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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A Southern Rhône blend of Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Grenache, the fruit for Guardian Peak's SMG comes from the Western Cape area of South Africa.

The 2016 SMG is a vibrant ruby red. A pronounced fragrance of bright cranberry and fresh red plum jumps out of the glass. Spicy and savoury aromas follow with pepper, allspice, and toasty notes weaving together elegantly. The palate is rich and juicy but not heavy, with ripe, textured tannins balanced by fresh acidity. Red fruit flavours combine with black cherry, liquorice, and savoury notes of cured meat to create good complexity. Medium bodied with a refined, dry finish. A blend of 66% Syrah, 24% Mourvèdre and 10% Grenache.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.3 g/L

pH

3.50

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Roelof Lotriet

VARIETY

Red Blend

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Western Cape

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

After hand harvesting the Syrah and Mourvèdre were destemmed while the Grenache was partially destemmed, leaving 50% of the grapes as whole bunches. The varieties were vinified separately, fermenting in open-top fermenters with regular punch downs followed by post-fermentation maceration to aid gentle extraction of phenolics. The wine was aged for 12 months in a combination of 300l and 500l French oak barrels, using 30% new oak.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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A Southern Rhône blend of Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Grenache, the fruit for Guardian Peak's SMG comes from the Western Cape area of South Africa.

Deep ruby red with aromas of youthful black and red fruits on the fresh and lively nose, finished with hints of Christmas cake, cassis and cedar spices. A well-integrated, full palate with dark fruits and sweet spice finishes with length, complexity and ripe, grippy tannins.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.1 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

4.5 g/L

pH

3.49

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Roelof Lotriet

VARIETY

Red Blend

TIME IN OAK

18 months (portion of the blend)

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Western Cape

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

The three cultivars were vinified separately. Fermentation took place in open top fermentors followed by a maceration period of 14 days after primary fermentation. The Syrah and Mourvèdre were matured separately in French and American oak for 18 months, while the Grenache is unoaked to preserve its natural fruit character. Malolactic fermentation took place in the barrels.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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This is a well crafted Rhône-blend that is both commercially-minded, but delivers quality at the same time.

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A Southern Rhône blend of Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Grenache, the fruit for Guardian Peak's SMG comes from the Western Cape area of South Africa.

Bright ruby red. On the nose, dark fruit, ripe plums and blackcurrant give way to spicy notes of white pepper, reminiscent of Rhône-style wines. Deep, dark fruits follow through on the palate with earthy notes of forest floor. Light floral hints of jasmine and violet emerge followed by a juicy finish. Syrah 62%; Mourvèdre 30%; Grenache 8%.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.7 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.8 g/L

pH

3.50

ACIDITY

6.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Philip van Staden

VARIETY

Red Blend

HARVEST DATE

March 2013

TIME IN OAK

18 months

SULPHUR

Total: 81 Free: 20

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Western Cape

Vinification details

The three cultivars were vinified separately. Fermentation took place in open top fermentors followed by a maceration period of 14 days after primary fermentation. The Syrah and Mourvèdre were matured separately in French and American oak for 18 months, while the Grenache is unoaked to preserve its natural fruit character. Malolactic fermentation took place in the barrels.

Awards

Platter: 4*

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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