Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards

Excelsior Classic Paddock Shiraz

2023 Gold Medal

Excelsior Wine Estate

Excelsior Wine Estate Excelsior Classic Paddock Shiraz


The Paddock Shiraz gets its name from the vineyards which used to be horse paddocks. For 60 years the land was grazed by thoroughbred horses leading to "fertile" lime rich soils. The grapes from these vineyards display greater spice notes than what we typically get in the Robertson region. Grapes are harvested by hand for greater quality control. The wines are immediately destemmed but not crushed. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks for a period of 7 days at a temperature of between 28 and 32° Celsius. Aerated racking was done twice daily to ensure a clean ferment and soft tannins. The grapes are gently pressed in a bladder press, after which malo-lactic fermentaioon is completed in the tank. Aging 30% of the total wine was aged in a mixture of French and American oak for a period of 8 months, whilst the remaining wine was aged in stainles

Braised lamb stew, mint jelly, roast poultry, braai chops, wild spice will marry well with curries.