The Lion Hound Red 2013

$14.50

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

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Product Description

VITICULTURE:
There are 6 varieties used in this blend:
• Shiraz / Grenache / Merlot / Mourvedre / Cabernet Sauvignon / Viognier
• North South facing vineyards are grown in a combination of Glenrosa and Oakleaf soils. The vine shoots a re vertically positioned on high trellises for optimal vine and bunch ripening. Irrigation is scheduled according to soil moisture monitoring and leaf water potential.

WINEMAKING:

  • The 5 red varieties were de stemmed and only lightly crushed to prevent any damage to the pips. They were fermented separately in open top stainless steel fermenters.
  • The red wines were fermented at 24-28 degrees Celsius with commercial yeast strains suited to the varieties. A 40% whole berry component ensured gentle extraction. The wines were removed from the skins before complete dryness in order to retain softness.
  • The Viognier grapes were crushed, pressed and allowed to settle for 2 days at 10 degrees Celsius. The clear juice was then gravity fed to 225 liter French oak barrels and underwent natural ferment to dryness. The wine was aged for 10 months and stirred monthly to encourage the development of mid-palate and length.
  • All red wines underwent MLF and a portion of the wine was matured on oak staves while the remainder underwent 10 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

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

BOTTLE ANALYSIS:

AlcohoL: 13.5 %
Residual Sugar: 3.5g/l
pH: 3.57
Total acidity: 6.0g/l
Extract: 32.8g/l
Bottled: 16 April 2014
Release Date: 28 November 2013
Production: 19 787 bottles
Release: May 2014

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