Robert Mondavi Woodbridge, Shiraz, American, Red Wine
Robert Mondavi believed that wine was an integral part of life and good wine should be paired with good food. A truly legendary man, Mondavi was awarded the Legion d'Honneur - France's highest Presidential honour - and the Vinexpo Lifetime Achievement Award in '05 along with many other awards during his life. Robert Mondavi (1913 - 2008) emigrated from Italy and went on to become a true pioneer of the Californian wine industry, championing the labelling of wine by grape variety, the introduction of cool fermentation and the use of stainless steel tanks. For this Shiraz, grapes were primarily selected from Lodi, along with other San Joaquin County vineyards and the Central Coast. The harvest was brought in in near perfect conditions - mild and dry. The grapes were gently crushed and then fermentation took place in temperature controlled tanks, followed by a malolactic fermentation to soften the acid and finally a touch of oak aging to add complexity yet preserve the focus on fruit expression. A truly legendary man, Mondavi was awarded the Legion d'Honneur - France's highest Presidential honour - and the Vinexpo Lifetime Achievement Award in '05 along with many other awards during his life.
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