MAN Vintners Tormentoso Syrah & Mourvedre 2010
Varietal Blend: 90% Shiraz 10% Mourvedre. Grape Source: Dry-farmed vineyards in Agter-Paarl region. Analysis: Alc 14.0% RS 2.86 g/L TA 5.6 g/L pH: 3.46. Vinification details: Dry-land vineyards on shale soils grow small flavorful grapes with concentrated fruit flavors and minerality. The grapes were hand-harvested at optimum ripeness and given a one day cold maceration. Fermentation took place over 5 days in stainless steel tanks with regular pump-overs. Just before the end of fermentation, the wine was pressed and put back into tank for malo-lactic fermentation. 100% of the wine was matured in 225 and 300 liter oak barrels (40% new) for 12 months. 10% Mourvedre blended in to complement the dark fruit and liquorice spice of the Syrah. Fined and filtered before bottling with screw-cap closures. Tasting notes: Intensely aromatic, with aromas of orange-peel, leather, cigar tobacco, black liquorice and dark-plumy fruit. Medium to full bodied with layers of black fruit, leather notes. Ends off with typical black wine gum flavors rounded out by soft, juicy tannins.
Syrah & Mourvèdre 2010: Silver Medal
- Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Challenge, 2011