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Saronsberg Full Circle 750 ml

Saronsberg Full Circle 750 ml

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Full Circle 

Cultivar: Shiraz 89%, Grenache 7% Mourvèdre 3%, Viognier 1%
Clones: SH1, SH22, MT11, VI642
Rootstock: R99 and Mgt 101-14
Age: Average 9 years
Soil: Structured red soils with coarse gravel and weathered shale soils
Yield: 4,5 tons per hectare (31 hl/ha)
Balling: 25.5B
pH: 3,30 3,60
Total acid: 6,0 7,8 g/l

The grapes were hand-picked in the early morning and force cooled to 4 °C. The Shiraz and
Mourvèdre components were then bunch sorted, destemmed and berry sorted on vibration
tables by 25 highly trained staff. The berries were gently crushed into a satellite tank and
deposited separately in open fermenters. The must was de-juiced by 12%. It was given a cold
soak of 4 days at 9 °C protected by a CO2 blanket. The juice was pumped over once daily during
this period.

The Shiraz and Mourvèdre tanks were then heated to 18 °C and inoculated with BM45, L2056
and D254 yeast. The fermentation temperature was allowed to peak at 28 °C and then brought
down to 24 °C. The fermenting cap was manually punched down three times and one
pumpover daily. The Shiraz was given extended maceration after fermentation for 18 days total
on the skins and then pressed into 100% new Allier French oak barrels. The Mourvèdre was
pressed at 0ºB and finished fermentation in barrels. The Viognier was cold fermented
separately in barrels. The press fractions were separated. Malolactic bacteria were inoculated
and malolactic fermentation was completed in the barrel.

After malolactic fermentation the wines were given a low sulphur dose and left on gross lees for
11 months. The wine was then racked, the different components blended and returned to
barrels. After a total of 19 months in barrels the wine was racked and filtered through a coarse
sheet filter. Bottling was done with a fine sheet filtration. The wine was bottle matured for 12
months prior to release.

Alcohol: 14,37 vol %
Total acid: 6,3 g/l
pH: 3,44
Residual sugar: 3,6 g/l
Volatile acidity: 0,63 g/l
Free sulphur: 27 mg/l
Total sulphur: 103 mg/l

This acclaimed wine has a deep, dark purple colour with prominent ripe plum, red berry
flavours combined with floral notes and undertones of spice. The oak is well balanced with full,
firm yet accessible tannins. A wine of depth, complexity and grace.

Awards - 2019 Vintage

  • National Wine Challenge: Grand Cru
  • Decanter World Awards: 95 Points
  • Novare Terroir: National Red Blend Winner
  • Michelangelo Wine Awards: Gold Medal
  • Veritas: Gold Medal
  • Drinks Business Syrah Masters: Master Award
  • Platter Wine Guide: 5 Stars

Previous Vintages

2016 Vintage

2016 Vintage - John Platter Wine of the Year
Top 100 SA Double Platinum 2016
Gold IWC 2016
IWC South African Red Wine Trophy 2016
Gold Decanter 2016
SAWi 2016 Platinum Recipient
SAWi 2016 Top Category Rhone Blend
SAWi South African Wine Index 
Category Winner Rhone Blend
Platinum Award Rhone Blend

2015 Vintage
Veritas Gold 2015
IWC Gold 2015
IWC National Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre Trophy Winner 2015
IWC Regional Trophy 2015
IWC SA Red Wine Trophy 2015
Top 100 SA Wine Challenge 2015
Decanter 2015 Gold
Tim Atkin 2015 MW Report 95

2012 Vintage
Shiraz SA Challenge Top 4 Blends
Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2014 Gold
Veritas 2014 Double Gold
Winemakers Choice Awards 2014 Diamond
TAJ Classic Wine Trophy 2015
Top 100 SA Wine Challenge 2015
WineStyle Peoples Choice Awards 2014 Gold

2011 Vintage
Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 Gold
Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2013 Platinum
Veritas 2013 Gold
Classic Wine Top 6
Six Nations Wine Challenge
Diamond Winemakers Choice Awards 2014

2010 Vintage
IWSC 2013 Gold
Top 100 SA Wines 2013
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2013 Gold
Taj Classic Wine Awards 2013 Trophy
Six Nations Wine Challenge 2013 Double Gold
Five Nations Wine Challenge 2012 Gold
SAWi Awards 2012 Platinum
Winemakers Choice Awards 2012 & 2013 Diamond
IWSC 2012 Gold

2009 Vintage
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2012 Gold

2008 Vintage
Decanter World Wine Awards 2011 Gold
Veritas 2011 Double Gold
Winemakers Choice 2011 Diamond
Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2010 Gold

Veritas 2010 Gold
Top 100 SA Wines 2011

2007 Vintage
Veritas 2010 Double Gold

2006 Vintage
Veritas 2008 Gold
Decanter World Wine Awards 2009 Gold
Juliet Cullinan Wine Connoisseurs Awards 2008 Gold

2005 Vintage
IWSC 2008 Gold
Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2008 Gold
Swiss International Airline Awards 2008 Best Red Wine & Gold
Veritas 2007 Double Gold
Winemakers Choice Awards 2007 Trophy Red Wine & Diamond
Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2007 Gold

2004 Vintage
Veritas 2005 Double Gold
Winemakers Choice Awards 2005 Diamond

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Kim Hodgson
Extraordinary character

Wine to let lie to bring to full potential.. extraordinary character with great fruit, complexity and robustness. Joy on the pakate with promise of far more to come over time

Wiets Wiehahn
What a blend should be

Love this wine. It is what a blend should be - complimentary! Full body but elegant and rounded. A bit expensive, but worth it for a special occasion.

Gavin Robertson
Wonderful wine.

A wonderful wine. More time in the bottle will enhance it even more

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"So great to be able to receive a regular delivery of good wine rather than the usual 12 bottle case sold by most 'wine clubs' "

- Terry Wharton Hood -

Great wine at a great time, everytime