Alc.13.5%Vol | RS1.8g/l | pH3.68 | TA5.4g/l |
Trellised vines grown in decomposed granite soils.
Since 2017, this flagship wine has been made exclusively from 100% pure Syrah and from 2018, 100% pure Stellenbosch Syrah. Produced from fruit grown on the decomposed granite soils of Southern Stellenbosch, these organically farmed grapes spent three weeks on their skins with 50% whole bunches employed in fermentation. After secondary malolactic fermentation, the wine spent 13 months in 500 litre French oak barrels and then a further 9 months in 3,200 litre conical foudres. The wine’s aromatics show an impressively deep, compact red berry fruit concentration, a savoury, brambly, damson plum palate breadth that’s delicately massaged by a soft, pure granitic acidity. There is a real translucent, weightless, purity of flavour to the fruits, a true crystalline 2018 elegance and a supple, fleshy, seamless talcum powder fine tannin texture on the finish. True to the vintage, this wine will give immense drinking pleasure from release and probably hit its prime at 8 to 10+ years of age.
Wine Safari Score: 95/100 Greg Sherwood MW
“Weathered granite soils in one of the best spots in Stellenbosch for Syrah supply the grapes for this delicious red, made in a style that nods enthusiastically towards the northern Rhone. White pepper and lavender aromas lead you into a palate that’s focused, spicy and intense, with extra structure and complexity from 50% whole bunches. Drink 2023-30.”
Tim Atkin, 95 points