Silver Spoon 2017 'The Third Man' Mouverdre

An elegant medium bodied style wine with a garnet hue that would complement an anti-pasta platter or gourmet pizza. There are olive and sour cherry aromas while the palate is savoury with nuances of forest-floor and velvet-like tannins.

Variety: 100% Mourvedre
Vintage: 2017
Harvest Date: 30th March, 2017
Vineyard Location: North west vineyards
Geology / Soil Profile: Deep, red rocky clay loam (derived from Cambrian Rock)
Viticulture Practices: Un-irrigated vineyards, zero tillage, grass sward between rows, cane pruned
Oenological Data: Yields – 1.5 tonne/acre
Alcohol: 14.2%
pH: 3.6
Production: 155 dozen (310 cases)
Bottle Packaging: 750 ml punted burgundy
Closure: Stelvin ROTP Screwcap
Cartons: 6 bottles in branded cartons stand-up

The 2017 Vintage:
2017 delivered excellent spring rains and the occasional summer rainfall. The harvest was plentiful with delayed ripening. Despite the rain, the vines remained healthy and there was little pressure from pests and disease.

The Vineyard:
All grapes were Estate grown, sourced from north facing slopes of the Dowd’s Lane vineyard. The block supporting the Mourvèdre is rocky and elevated and exposed to the hot summer winds. The vines are unirrigated and very low yielding. The vines are cane-pruned by hand and wrapped to a single wire trellis to encourage some bunch shading during the heat of summer.

The Winemaking:
Grapes were harvested by hand on the 30th March 2017, destemmed and crushed into small open fermenters with two weeks post-ferment maceration. The wine was aged in old oak for 18 months prior to bottling in September 2018. It has neither been filtered or fined.


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