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Asara Wines

Case of Cape Fusion 2015 (R79.83 per Bottle, 6 Bottles)

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2015 Shiraz Pinotage Malbec Rich notes Dry Fruity finish Complex
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About

The history of the Asara Wine Estate goes back to 1691 when the two farms that make up the estate were first settled, a date that we celebrate today on the Asara logo and wine labels.

In 2000 the farms were bought by the current owners and combined to make a new estate, which, at 180 hectares, is one of the largest in the Cape Winelands. The estate was named Asara in honour of Astar, Asis and Asase, North African gods of earth, sun and sky, to symbolise the balance and harmony of nature which is reflected in Asara wines.

The establishment of the new estate coincided with a renaissance in the South African wine industry as it emerged from the isolation and over-regulation of the apartheid era to become a modern, dynamic force in the wine world. This new era was matched at Asara by significant investment in vineyards and cellar, attention to detail, and an uncompromising approach to best practices in both viticulture and winemaking.

Winemaking at Asara is a collaborative effort led by winemaker Danielle Le Roux, who works closely with farm manager and viticulturist Alan Cockcroft, and his assistant William Bussell. Danielle is assisted by Janette van Lill and Christiaan Nigrini.

Our winemaking team follows a classic style, guided by the philosophy of allowing Asara’s unique and special terroir to express itself in the wines through minimal cellar handling, and balanced and integrated oak as a platform for the fruit. The estate regularly enters wines in international wine competitions and it has established an impressive list of awards.

Product Features:
  • 6 Bottles
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Type: Pinotage, Shiraz, Malbec
  • Area of Origin: Stellenbosch, Western Cape
  • Technical Analysis:
    • Alcohol: 14% vol
    • TA: 5.5 g/l
    • Sugar: 3.0 g/l
    • pH: 3.25

Tasting Notes

Platter * * * ½ – Appealingly eclectic Cape Blend of shiraz, pinotage & malbec, 2015 Christmas spice, intense blueberry & mulberry notes on soft mouthfilling tannins.

These three diverse cultivars create a harmonious blend with complex layers of spice, mocha and dark berry aromas. The palette is full round with luscious blackberry, dark chocolate and sweet violet flavours with a dry yet fruity finish.

Pinotage, Shiraz, Malbec (roughly in equal proportion)

Perfect with roast beef, roast lamb and roast pork.

The inclusion of Malbec in the Cape Fusion makes this a more unusual take on the Cape Blend; a loosely defined category, where the only mandatory cultivar is South Africa’s own Pinotage. Richly nutrient soils have been chosen for these vineyards, encouraging the deeply coloured, and flavoursome fruit to grow.

The style of Pinotage sought for the Cape Fusion blend is fresh and elegant, thus the vines are grown at the highest altitude on the Asara property. These grapes have a special affinity to French oak, producing signature mocha tones that yet allow the fruit to remain at the fore.

The robustness behind the blend is a single block of Shiraz whose soils enable easy changes to irrigation regime. The vines are stressed during ripening to
reduce the fruit size slightly, contributing the structure and spiciness found in the wine.

Vineyards

The Pinotage is grown at 210m, the highest altitude on the farm. The soil type is Tukulu, rich in nutrients and moisture, causing the vines to grow with ease and
generating the elegance for which the better examples of Pinotage are famed. The vines are planted northwest to southeast, resulting in sun exposure on the
grapes twice per day. The Malbec vineyard is grown at 170m on rich Tukulu soils, to encourage the formation of elegant, colour-rich berries. Twice daily sun exposure on the bunches result from their northwest-southeast planting. The Shiraz has been planted at a lower elevation of 100m, to enable its hosting on Oakleaf soils.

These are shallower soils, reducing foliage vigour and enabling manipulation through irrigation. The resulting grapes are slightly dehydrated, reducing size and concentrating spiciness, structure and flavour. The average yield is a minimal 6 tons per hectare, concentrating the vineyard efforts on fewer grapes.

Winemaking

Grapes are harvested in the cooler hours of morning, sorted and de-stemmed. After alcoholic fermentation, the Pinotage is placed on French staves for 4-5
months. Malolactic fermentation takes place on the staves to develop a creamy texture in the wine. The different components of the wine then mature in a selection 225ℓ French barriques to enable optimal fruit preservation, the best of the barrels are then selected for the blend before bottling.

These three diverse cultivars create a harmonious blend with complex layers of spice, mocha and dark berry aromas. The palette is full round with luscious blackberry, dark chocolate and sweet violet flavours with a dry yet fruity finish

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