2016 Kloof Street (Mullineux Family Wines) Red Rhone Blend Swartland South Africa

SKU #1352580 90 points Wine Spectator

 Features juicy energy, with a mix of bitter cherry, blood orange and raspberry coulis flavors. Light tea and mineral notes score the finish. Drink now through 2019. (JM)  (8/2018)

K&L Notes

Grapes for Kloof Street Swartland Rouge come from up to eight sustainably farmed vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland, aged 12-40 years. The blend changes each vintage depending on the character that best displays the classic Swartland style. The grapes are 75% destemmed and 25% whole cluster pressed, and then fermented with indigenous yeasts, with pigeage once or twice a day. Aged 11 months in 3rd and 4th fill French oak 225L barrels and 500L demi-muids. The nose is fragrant with undertones of red fruit, roses and hints of spice. Each variety in the blend adds balance to the wine, filling your palate.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Alcohol Content (%): 13