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Stellenzicht Thunderstone Red 2019

Tasting Notes

Winery: Stellenzicht
Varietal: Red Blend
SKU: STETHURED2019 Categories: , ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
stellenzicht thunderstone red

$21.99

Awards/Reviews

Prescient Signature Red Blend Report 2023 Top 10 – 91 pts

40% Cinsault, 35% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Matured for 18 month in French oak. Dark berries, some herbal character, earth and spice on the nose. Dense and smooth textured, this is powerful and polished.

4 ½ Stars 2024 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

All Stellenbosch grapes in 19 (90 pts) blend of cinsault, shiraz & cabernet (35/25). Like previous (which had Voor Paardeberg component), older-oak aged, some whole bunches, some co-ferment. Svelte tannin structure, quite succulent, with rich red fruit & delicious savouriness.

90 pts James Suckling

A fruity and mellow blend of 40% cinsault, 30% shiraz and 30% cabernet sauvignon. Cassis, dark cherries, wild berries and mixed spices on the nose. Medium-bodied with fine tannins and a supple texture. Fruit-forward and playful.

90 pts Tim Atkin MW 2023

Thunderstone is a Rhône-Valley-meets-Bordeaux blend of Cinsault, 35% Syrah and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Lightly wooded in older French oak, it’s a seamless medley of plum, bramble and sweet summer berry fruit with a dusting of Mediterranean herbs. 2024-28

 

Winemaker Notes

The grapes are hand harvested in the morning. Approximately 30% of the Shiraz grapes are either whole bunch fermented or co-fermented with some added whole bunches. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault remains whole berry ferments. During the 7-10 days of fermentation the wines are pumped over up to three times a day. Some of the grapes receive extended skin contact after fermentation before it is pressed and racked to barrel. The wine is matured in French oak barrels for up to 18 months, before blending and bottling.

Delicate perfume and intricate aromatics. Prominent red berry fruits, cherries and savoury spices. The palate is medium-bodied brimming with freshness and juicy red fruits. Hints of sweet spice and lacy tannins gives this wine a soft finish.

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