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Vondeling “Monsonia” is a blend of 85% Shiraz, 6% Mourvédre , 5% Grenache 5% & 4% Carignan. It is the wine from Vondeling that used to be known as “Erica” Shiraz.
The wine is named after the Monsonia speciosa, a species of fynbos (wild plant) that is endemic to the Paardeberg mountain, the home of Vondeling wines.
The vines grow in ancient, well-weathered granite soils on southeast-facing slopes. The harvest is manual and on arrival at the winery the fruit is chilled overnight. The bunches are partially de-stemmed, but not crushed, and whole berry fermentation takes place in open-top fermentation tanks. An initial two day period of cold soaking is applied before wild yeast fermentation is allowed to commence. During fermentation, hand plunging, takes place to aid mixing and colour extraction.
After fermentation, the wine was pressed in a traditional basket press and the wine transferred to barrel where malolactic fermentation takes place. Only large format French oak barrels are used, with about one third new and the rest 2nd and 3rd fill. The wine is allowed to mature for 16 months before blending and bottling.
The wine displays a rich deep red / purple colour. It has an opulent nose of bright violets, dark fruit, smoky oak and spices – cloves, nutmeg and coriander. On the palate it shows dark fruit, chocolaty richness and under tones of earthy notes. The wine has a full, viscous texture and a long complex spicy finish.