The De Villiers family, now in their 5th generation own and manage this lovely Estate on the South Western slopes on the iconic Paarl Mountain with its three massive granite rocks sitting proudly on top of it. The name of Paarl actually came from these rocks shining like pearls in the sunshine after rain. The five Pauls have made a name for themselves with the production of the red wines and Port style wines, for which Paul V won a Diners Club Winemaker of the year Award some time back. It is to the Landskroon Shiraz 2016 to which I turn today. A multi award winning wine, made from grapes from the Paarl Wine Appellation in which Landskroon finds itself. The Estate’s vineyards stretch up the slopes behind the cellar.
Once at the required point in the ideal ripeness window, the grapes for the Landskroon Shiraz 2016 were harvested and after destalking, the grapes are taken to open fermentation tanks for fermentation. Here punch downs take place regularly to gently extract colour, flavour and soft tannins from the grapes. Once fermented, the wine is taken to a mix of 2nd and 3rd fill French and American oak barrels for a year. The Landskroon Shiraz 2016 is then prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Bottled in a Bordeaux shaped bottle under natural cork. The label is simple and elegant, designed by well-known designer Anthony Lane. In the glass, it is a deep dark plum red at the core which pales out to ruby at the edges.
It smells like
All the things you expect to find in a good Shiraz. Whiffs of plums and ‘sweet’ dark berry fruits. Aromas of fine Italian leather. Touch of brown spices hovering in the background.
It tastes like
A medium to full bodied wine. From entry, you have a golden thread of fruit acidity running through into the long and gently waning aftertaste. There is a hint of smoke in the mélange of dark fruits and Christmas pudding spices. This is a truly sublime wine and one which will happily last for another 5 to 6 years, it has the staying power.
It’s good with
Do chill it for about 30 minutes before serving, it will just make all the difference. It is a red meat wine, from the braai, the oven, under the grill, or a pan. Ina Paarman’s Roast Pork with Leeks & Fennel is the perfect match for a hearty dinner with this lovely wine. Click here for her recipe.
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