Another drought vintage! Winter 2016 was cool with good early rains in June however this did not continue and August was warm and dry resulting in early bud burst. The re-occurrence of a strong south-easter at inopportune moments caused the berries to be smaller but with good colour, acidity and taste profile. A low disease index minimized spray intervention while maintaining a very healthy crop. The harvest season was noteworthy for its lack of heatwave; long cool nights and pleasant late summer days which contributed to exceptional ripeness. Our 2017 wines are concentrated with dense flavours and good structure.
Beautiful aromas of violets, cloves, star anise, nutmeg and black peppercorns complemented by fresh red berries.
Silky smooth entry, showing ripe, soft tannins with beautiful vibrant fruit and spicy flavours. Darker fruits provide a long lingering finish.
Analysis: Alc: 14.5% • TA: 4.0g/l • RS: 2.3g/l • pH: 3.72
These grapes were selected from distinct parcels with varying soil types. This complexity in growing has resulted in a wonderful intricacy in the wine. The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness to enable the correct balance between sugar and phenolic components. Individual varieties were bunch and berry sorted, crushed and destalked to tank. Fermentation was initiated after 7 days cold soaking. 15% whole cluster. This Syrah was fermented using wild yeast in an open topped stainless steel pigeage tank and matured in 500 litre French oak barrels for 18 months.
Granny’s roasted chicken with sage and onion stuffing.
Roasted seabass with an Asian coconut sauce.
Pata negra ham, manchego cheese and black olives with freshly baked ciabatta.