Bottle of Saronsberg Sekelmaan Shiraz 2015
Saronsberg, a leading Cape winery producing some of the most consistently acclaimed Shiraz and Rhone-style blends, has celebrated the launch of Sekelmaan - a brand new addition to this iconic legacy.
Respect for the integrity of time is embedded in each one of the 1,500 bottles of Sekelmaan that make up this limited release. From the careful handpicking of grapes, through extended maceration on the skins during open-tank fermentation, to the 20 months in new French oak and further 60 months spent maturing in bottle - everything about this wine epitomises that true quality cannot be rushed.
“The harvest for this maiden vintage began on the 23rd of February 2015,” says Heyns. “That night, we noticed a sickle moon – ‘sekelmaan’ – rising above the Saronsberg Mountain. This phase traditionally represents growth and rebirth, a perfect symbol for what this wine signifies in our evolution as a cellar.”
Most winemakers laud the 2015 vintage as one of the Cape’s finest to date. In Tulbagh, the warm and dry growing season produced exceptionally healthy grapes which enjoyed optimal ripening, thanks to an unusually even-temperatured February. These rich, concentrated grapes resulted in wines with ripe structured tannins and a long, elegant finish. These qualities are exemplified in Sekelmaan.
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