Ridgeback Signature S 2019

A  complex array of black pepper, liquorice and dark cherry with a hint of truffle runs seamlessly onto a rich midpalate, cradled in oak spice and a long, savoury finish.

Key ingredients

Shiraz 85%
Mourvedre 8%
Grenache 7%

Food Pairing

The elegant complexity of Signature S lends itself well to complex dishes such as oxtail and lamb shank.

Experience the Essence: Indulge in a Ridgeback Signature S 2019

Bottle Analysis

Wine of Origin: Paarl
Number of Bottles: 2 775
Alcohol: 14.5%
Residual Sugar: 2.1g/l
TA:  5.9g
pH: 3.75
Total SO2: 95mg/l
Extract: 35.7g/l
Release: September 2018


  • The intensely flavoured specially selected Shiraz grapes were destemmed onto a sorting table, where any stalks were removed, retaining a 30% wholeberry component into tank.

  • The sunkissed Viognier component was night harvested to preserve flavour, pressed in the early morning and the clear juice allowed to settle for 2 days at 9 degrees Celsius before being racked to 400 litre French oak barrel to start a gentle natural ferment.

  • Fermentation of the Shiraz occurred at 24-28 degrees Celsius and pumpovers were done 3-4 times daily to extract aromatics and flavour. During this time the wine underwent a single rack and return for additional soft extraction. Ferment lasted 7 days.

  • The Viognier ferment ran at 16-19 degrees Celsius and lasted 19 days.

  • The red wine was pressed immediately after fermentation was completed and then gravity fed to 60% new, 23% second fill and 17% third fill 225 litre French oak barrels for Malolactic fermentation.

  • After 9 months of maturation the component wines were blended and racked back to barrel for a further 10 months of integration.

    • The wine was then lightly filtered prior to bottling.