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Robertson Winery

Posted By brat on Apr 17, 2007 at 8:25AM

Kings River Chardonnay 05

Posted By brat on Apr 17, 2007 at 8:03AM

ROBERTSON WINERY KINGS RIVER CHARDONNAY 2005

TASTING NOTES
Veritas 2006 - Double Gold
International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2006 - Silver Best in Class
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2006 - Silver
Rich open aromas of fresh citrus and lime with hints of oatmeal and butterscotch. The palate is ripe pineapple and melon, complemented by full-bodied soft varietal fruit, giving a generous texture with a long full flavoured soft finish. Serving temperature 10˚ - 12˚Celsius.

IN THE VINEYARD
Carefully judged vineyard selection has provided a solid fruit foundation for this Chardonnay. Fruit was sourced from a premium block on the Kings River farm that is owned by the Colyn family since 1880, one of Robertson Winery’s 43 member families. The well-weathered deep Karoo soil on this farm with its generous lime content, adds an underlying richness and complexity to this unique wine.

Farm: Kings River
Soil type: Well weathered deep Karoo soils with generous lime content.
Trellising: Four-wire Perold system
Water management: Regulated drip irrigation, resulting in small, concentrated berries
Row direction: North-west to south-east
Viticulturist: Briaan Stipp

THE HARVEST
The grapes were harvested the third week of February 2005 by hand into small baskets at 24º Balling/Brix (24 Baumé)
Yield: 8 tons per hectare

IN THE CELLAR
Fermentation: 100% Barrel fermented – 50% natural fermentation – 50% inoculated with selected yeast
Barrel maturation: 8 Months in new 225-litre French barrels
Bottling date: 04 November 2005

AGEING POTENTIAL
3 to 5 years.

BLEND INFORMATION
100% Chardonnay

ACCOLADES
Veritas 2006 - Double Gold
International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2006 - Silver Best in Class
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2006 - Silver (80/100)

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
Winemaker Jacques Roux
Alcohol 13.25 %vol
pH 3.27
RS 3.7 g/l
Balling 24 °
Yield 8 ton/H
Appellation Breede River

CHARACTERISTICS
Type White
Style Off Dry
WOODED

VINTAGES
Robertson Winery Kings River Chardonnay 2005
Robertson Winery Kings River Chardonnay 2004
Robertson Winery Kings River Chardonnay 2003

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Phanto Ridge Pinotage 05

Posted By brat on Apr 17, 2007 at 7:42AM

ROBERTSON WINERY PHANTO RIDGE PINOTAGE 2005

TASTING NOTES
Rich aroma of plum and ripe banana with a lingering impression of chocolate and plum pudding. Soft, ripe tannins and well-integrated oak provide structure and a plushy textured mouth feel. Serve at 10˚ - 12˚ Celsius.

IN THE VINEYARD
Phanto Ridge Pinotage derives its balance and structure from the vineyard’s situation on the north-facing slope at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, with its shale soils that is rich in lime. Careful vineyard management resulted in a harvest of small, concentrated berries. The De Vries family, one of Robertson Winery’s 43 member families, has owned the farm since 1997.

Composition: 100% Pinotage
Farm: Phanto Ridge
Soil type: Shale
Trellising: Four-wire Perold system
Water management: Regulated deficit irrigation resulting in small berries and concentration of flavour
Row direction: North to south
Viticulturist: Briaan Stipp

THE HARVEST
Harvest date: 1 February 2005
Harvest method: Hand-harvested in small baskets at 24,4˚ Balling/Brix
Yield: 7 tons per hectare

IN THE CELLAR
Fermentation took place in small open fermenters at 26˚ Celsius. The cap was punched down manually every 3 hours to extract colour and flavour.
Barrel maturation: 12 Months in new 225-litre barrels (80% French and 20% American oak)
Bottling date: 13 December 2005

AGEING POTENTIAL
Up to 7 years.

BLEND INFORMATION
100% Pinotage

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
Winemaker Jacques Roux
Alcohol 13.91 %vol
pH 3.39
RS 2.8 g/l
Balling 24.4 °
Yield 7 ton/H
Appellation Breede River

CHARACTERISTICS
Type Red
Style Dry
WOODED

VINTAGES
Robertson Winery Phanto Ridge Pinotage 2005

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Cabernet sauv/blanc 2004

Posted By brat on Apr 17, 2007 at 7:32AM

ROBERTSON WINERY PROSPECT HILL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2004

TASTING NOTES
Sélections Mondiales des Vins Canada 2007 - Silver Medal
Michelangelo Awards 2006 - Silver Medal
Intense aromas of blackcurrant and brambly wild fruit lead promisingly to rich flavours of ripe cassis and chocolate, as well as some earthiness. Balanced tannins and acidity ensure a well-defined structure and an elegant finish.

IN THE VINEYARD
The Prospect Hill vineyard is situated on a cool southeast-facing slope of the Zandvliet Mountains, at an altitude of 172 metres above sea level. This aspect exposes the vineyard to the warm morning sun and shades it in the hotter afternoons. These features combine deep, well-drained red Karoo soils with a generous lime content, to create the perfect balance for growing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. The farm has been owned by one of Robertson Winery’s 43 member families, the Bruwers, since 1956.

Farm: Prospect
Soil type: Deep, well-drained red Karoo soils with a high lime content
Trellising: Six-wire Perold system
Water management: Regulated Irrigation
Row direction: East to West, protecting fruit against excess sunlight

Viticulturist: Briaan Stipp

THE HARVEST
Hand-harvested in small baskets at 25˚ Balling/Br

IN THE CELLAR
Fermentation took place in small open fermenters at 26˚ Celsius. The cap was punched down manually 3 times daily to extract colour and flavour. Matured for 16 months in 225-litre French and American oak barrels (30% new Barrels, 40% second fill and 30% third fill.
Bottling date: 31 July 2006

AGEING POTENTIAL
5 to 7 years

BLEND INFORMATION
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

FOOD SUGGESTIONS
Serving temp: 12˚ - 14˚ Celsius

ACCOLADES
Sélections Mondiales des Vins Canada 2007 - Silver Medal
Michelangelo Awards 2006 - Silver Medal

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
Winemaker Jacques Roux
Alcohol 14.34 %vol
pH 3.58
RS 3.5 g/l
Yield 7.5 ton/H
Appellation Breede River

CHARACTERISTICS
Type Red
Style Dry
Taste Fruity
WOODED

VINTAGES
Robertson Winery Prospect Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Robertson Winery Prospect Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Robertson Winery Prospect Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

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Our number one wine

Posted By brat on Apr 12, 2007 at 10:40PM

ROBERTSON WINERY NUMBER ONE CONSTITUTION ROAD SHIRAZ 2004

TASTING NOTES
Deep rich purple colour, intense aroma of dark ripe black berry with seductive spicy fruit and black pepper characteristics. Velvety palate with supple fine-grained tannins combining well with the French oak.

IN THE VINEYARD
Farm: Wolfkloof, Kleinbegin & Wandsbeck
Soil type: Deep Oakleaf
Trellising: Five-wire Perold system
Water management: Regulated deficit irrigation resulting in small berries and concentration of flavour
Row direction: South-east to north-west

THE HARVEST
Harvesting took place from the 9 - 15 March 2004. Hand-harvested in small baskets at 25,5˚ Balling/Brix.
Yield: 5 tons per hectare

IN THE CELLAR
Fermentation took place in small open fermenters at 28˚ Celsius. The cap was punched down manually every 4 hours to extract colour and flavour. The wine underwent 2 weeks of extended post-fermentation skin contact.
Barrel maturation: 25 Months in new 225-litre barrels (French and American oak)
Bottling date: mid-August 2006

AGEING POTENTIAL
7 to 10 years

BLEND INFORMATION
100% Shiraz

FOOD SUGGESTIONS
Serving temp: 10˚ - 12˚ Celsius

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
Winemaker Jacques Roux
Alcohol 14.471 %vol
pH 3.41
RS 3.5 g/l
Yield 5.0 ton/H
Appellation Breede River

CHARACTERISTICS
Type Red
Style Dry
WOODED

VINTAGES
Robertson Winery Number One Constitution Road Shiraz 2004
Robertson Winery Number One Constitution Road Shiraz 2003
Robertson Winery Number One Constitution Road Shiraz 2002

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R'son winery Humble beginnings

Posted By brat on Apr 12, 2007 at 10:26PM

From humble beginnings

Robertson Winery is an important role player in the South African wine industry. Our trend-setting and progressive winery had its humble beginnings in a charming missionary church on the outskirts of Robertson, and it’s history is closely linked to that of the town.

The today prosperous town of Robertson was named after Dr William Robertson, a Scottish minister who arrived in South Africa in 1822. Amongst his many congregations in this vast country was an area known as “Over Het Roode Zand”. When in 1852 the community established a town, they named it Robertson in recognition and appreciation of his many services.

During the late 19th century a worker community occupied the land where the Robertson Winery now stands. They built a stone church and their congregation was serviced by missionaries. When Robertson Winery was established in 1941, the small church was no longer in use and the winery acquired the building for its winemaking and cellaring operations. Today, the historic church still plays an important part in the maturation of our wines and features as the proud emblem on our labels

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A welcome to our valley

Posted By brat on Apr 12, 2007 at 1:10AM

Welcome to our Valley

The fertile Robertson Valley is the birth place of a wide variety of fine wines. Situated some 160 kilometres from Cape Town, it is bordered by the lower reaches of the Breede River to the south and the spectacular Langeberg Mountains to the north. In this sought-after wine producing region, a variety of meso-climates and soil conditions create a side spectrum of terroirs, allowing us to produce an exciting diversity of wine styles.

The rich soils on the riverbanks are deep and cool and thus ideal for the growing of choice Sauvignon Blanc grapes. On the lower mountain slopes, the shale and sandstone soils are rich in lime with a high pH, making these sites perfect for the cultivation of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Higher up against the mountains, the gravelly soils with clay fractions are reserved for early ripening cultivars such as Chardonnay. The low annual rainfall (only 280mm) is supplemented by controlled drip irrigation from the Breede River to alleviate stress to our vines.

Vineyards are planted in a north-west to south-east direction to enjoy the benefit of the prevailing sea breezes which cool the grapes during summer, extend the ripening period and therefore allow the grapes to develop an abundance of flavour.

Our winery has a long-standing tradition of dedicated grape-growing families, some of whom are 4th generation growers who supply the cellar with the fruits of their labour. Today, no less than 43 families, cultivating some 1900 hectares of vine, take pride in contributing to the success of our winery. Working in close partnership with our viticulturist, Briaan Stipp, they are committed to identifying the vineyard sites best suited to specific cultivars and to nurturing the grapes to optimum flavour and varietal character. Amongst the major cultivars planted are Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Shiraz.

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