Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards

Zonnebloem Laureat

2023 Silver Medal

Distell


BIDVEST TOP SA PRODUCER TROPHY
Distell Zonnebloem Laureat
VARIETAL:
Red blends (other than Classes 17, 18 and 19)

VINTAGE:
2020

MORE INFORMATION:
Thereafter the different wines were tasted and the type of wood for maturation was selected based on the style of the wine. The barrels were a combination of 70% French, 20% Hungarian and 10% American oak. After 14 months maturation, a final selection of the best barrels was made, blended and bottled. The grapes from the four cultivars used in the blend were harvested at 24˚ to 25˚ Balling and vinified separately. After crushing the juice was cold-soaked for a few days to ensure maximum colour extraction while limiting the extraction of harsh tannins. During the first three days of fermentation, the skins were vigorously punched down while from the fourth day, the fermenting wine was aerated. After fermentation, the free-run wine was drawn off into 300-litre barrels and allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation.



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