Kevin Arnold Shiraz 2016
Concentrated red and dark fruit with warm earthy aromatics can be found in this Stellenbosch Shiraz, accompanied by plum fruit and leather spice undertones. The 2016 vintage produced a lovely soft and velvety textured Shiraz, with the slight addition of Mourvedre to build in a little tension in the finish of the wine. This vintage is named after Robert Charles, Kevin and Heather Arnolds eldest son.
88% Shiraz, 12% Mourvèdre
No new wood is used in the making of this wine. Whole berry ferments and soft extraction methods by means of only pump overs which brings out the purity in this wine.
Grapes are sourced from vineyards which are grown in the Stellenbosch region. However, from the 2007 vintage, almost all the fruit comes off Waterford Estate. The average age of the vineyards is 20 years old, which makes them well established vineyards.
A vintage which will be remembered for drought and heat. Luckily for Waterford’s location on the Helderberg mountain and the near proximity to the ocean, the vineyards could cool down over night. The lack of water throughout the ripening season resulted in light bunches with tiny berries, giving the wines great colour and flavour.
Fermentation: Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in Stainless steel
Barrel ageing: Old 225 litre French barrels, 22 months
Filtration: Soft filtration prior to bottling
Alc vol % 14.45, RS g/l 3.0, TA g/l 5.2, pH 3.66, VA g/l 0.66