2012 Veritas Wine Awards - Silver Medal
A warm vibrant wine bursting with white pepper and sweet spicy floral tones of Jasmine and Violets. Loads of black currant and subtle black pepper flavours on the palate. A soft tannin structure emphasizes the velvety texture of this concentrated wine.
In The Vineyard
Southwesterly facing slopes ranging in altitude from 150 - 280 m above sea level allow for moderate temperatures. The vines are trellised on a seven-wire hedge system that allows for perfect containment of the sometimes-vigorous growth habit of Syrah. Pruned to two-bud spurs, allowing for 16 - 18 bearers per running meter, we harvest approximately six to eight tons per hectare. This allows for concentrated plum and roasted spice notes so typical of Syrah.
About The Harvest
The Syrah grapes for this wine were hand-harvested from two different Syrah vineyards on Zevenwacht.
In The Cellar
The one vineyard is a 25-year old Syrah vineyard on Zevenwacht. It lies on a lower westerly facing slopes and lends a beautiful elegant white pepper spicy tone to the wine. The other vineyard is a younger Syrah vineyard, 200m above sea level on a Southwesterly-facing slope. The younger Syrah vineyard gives massive concentration, black fruits and a beautiful tannin structure. Fermentation temperatures hover around 26 degrees Celsius peaking at ±28 degrees Celsius. Regular delèstage and punch downs helps with extract, intense colour and soft, pliable tannins. After fermentation the wine is pressed and racked to 100% French oak barrels where it matured for approximately 11 months. After the 11 months, we selected our top Syrah barrels and pre-blended it with our new blending partner, 10% Grenache. The Grenache gave the wine beautiful black pepper tones on the nose and palate. The final blend of Syrah and Grenache was returned to the barrel for a further 4 months before bottling.