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Bellingham Dragons Lair 2006

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Bellingham Dragons Lair 2006

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Bright Fruited Shiraz blend. Full bodied with balanced freshness.

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£9.99
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The age old legend of the valiant St Georges who defeated the rancorous dragon that guarded a captive fair maiden in its fearful lair in the Groot Drakenstein Mountains is still recounted in the valley of Franschhoek. Centuries later, Bellingham was born in this very valley that is now famous for wine. The Legends range captures the mystery and enchantment of this fabled era.

IN THE VINEYARD
Age of Vines: Between 10 and 15 years old.
Climate: Cool growing season with long, slow ripening period.
Soils: Predominantly Shale

THE HARVEST
Varietals were harvested separately by hand at an average ripeness of between 24º and 26º B. The average yield was 7-8 tons/ha.

IN THE CELLAR
Varietals were fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. 50% new wood and 50% second fill French oak barrels were used. Varietals were blended together and received further wood maturation in oak barrels for 18 months.

AGEING POTENTIAL
Assertive yet approachable already promising intriguing secondary maturation characteristics and further complexity and integration for up to 10 years in a temperature controlled cellar.

Type Red Wine
John Platter Ratings 3.5 stars
Winery / Producer Bellingham
Winemaker Niël Groenewald
Body Full Bodied
Maturity Ready, but will improve
Grape Variety Cape Blend
Vintage 2006
Bottle Size Bottle 75cl
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
pH 3.51
Acidity 6.04 g/l
Residual Sugar 5.69 g/l

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