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The Lion Hound Red 2020

Bottle Analysis

Winemaker: Toit Wessels
Alcohol: 14.5% vol
pH: 3.57
RS: 4.2 g/l
Total Acid: 5.9 g/l
Extract: 36.3 mg/l
Bottled: 24 May 2021
Release Date: September 2021
Bottles: 29525 bottels
Origin: Paarl
IPW: Yes
WIETA: Yes

Tasting Notes

An intense, juicy red blend of dark cherries, plum and liquorice with a hint of cigar box and wood spice. The creamy midpalate evolves to a long, savoury finish

Viticulture

There are 5 varieties used in this blend:

Shiraz 46%, Merlot 14%, Grenache 8% , Mourvedre 10%, Cabernet Sauvignon 22%

The North-South facing vineyards used for this wine are grown in a combination of Glenrosa and Oakleaf soils. The vines are vertically trellised for optimal bunch and berry ripening and irrigation is scheduled according to soil moisture monitoring.

Winemaking

The 5 varieties were harvested individually between 14 February and 4 March 2020 and destemmed onto a sorting table with only lightly crushing to prevent any damage to the pips. Each variety was fermented separately in open top stainless-steel fermenters.

The fermentation ran at 24-28 degrees Celsius with commercial yeast strains suited to the varieties. A 30% whole berry component ensured gentle extraction during pumpovers which were done 3-4 times daily.

The wines were removed from the skins before complete dryness in order to retain softness.

All red wines underwent MLF and a portion of the wine was matured on oak staves while the remainder underwent 12 months of ageing in third and fourth fill barrels ensuring good wood/fruit integration.

The wine was then blended and lightly filtered shortly before bottling.

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