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The Minotaur 2017

R 315.00

The Minotaur – a creature half man, half bull was the product of forbidden love between Pasiphae and Poseidon. Banished to the Labyrinth by King Minos for terrorising the Cretans, he was eventually killed by Theseus, the Athenian Hero.

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Tasting Notes

A Cape blend of Pinotage 50 %, Malbec 17 %, Cab Franc 17 % and Shiraz 16 %. Dark purple in colour with dark cherry, blackberry and truffle. The palate is complex with a medium to full bodied finish with generous but smooth, lingering, integrated tannins.


Winemaker's Notes

The wine was produced from hand picked grapes from our premium vineyards. Bunch sorting, followed by destemming and no crushing into open top barrels, fermentation lasted for 8 days with three punchdowns per day. Extended maceration post ferment for 14 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. Ageing in 70 % new French oak 300 l barrels lasted for 18months after which the 2018.


Analysis

Alcohol: 14.42%
pH: 3.47
Total Acidity: 5.7 g/l
Residual Sugar: 1.9 g/l

Serving Suggestion

At home with red meat, rich sauces and particularly with game.


Chef's Special

Slowly cooked lamb shank with a Minotaur reduction, roast potatoes and fresh herbs.


Awards

The Minotaur 2007 Double Gold: Michelangelo International
Double Gold: Veritas Awards 2009
Gold: Michelangelo International
Wine Awards 2009
Wine Awards 2012
The Minotaur 2008 Silver: Michelangelo International
Wine Awards 2010
The Minotaur 2009 Gold: Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2013
4 star: John Platter Wine Guide 2013
Silver: Decanter World Wine Awards 2013
The Minotaur 2016 Double Gold: Michelangelo International
91 Points: Tim Atkin Report 2018
Gold: Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2021

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