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HERITAGE SYRAH

HERITAGE SYRAH

2015

Appellation:
Swartland
Varieties:
100% Shiraz (Syrah)
Harvest date:
Mid February
Yield:
3 ton/ha
Analysis:
Alc 12.89%
TA 6.1 g/l
pH 3.92
RS 2.9 g/l

Tasting notes

This complex wine is a true reflection of the Swartland area’s distinctive combination of schist soils and indigenous Cape fynbos. The palate is laden with fynbos herbs, thyme, buchu and white pepper. Violets, black olives and blueberry flavours lend complexity and lead to a long, satisfying finish

Drinkability

Ready to be enjoyed right now, but will age well for another 10 years.

Food pairing

The wine’s herby notes make it the perfect accompaniment to fire-grilled, deboned Karoo lamb marinated in olive oil, lemon juice and rosemary, and served with a red wine reduction and bone marrow sauce. Also try pairing it with red wine lamb shank stew and oven-roasted vegetables.

In the vineyard

The grapes were sourced from a 16-year-old Swartland single vineyard on schist soil. The crop was reduced to one bunch per shoot to enhance the quality of the grapes, which were handpicked at 22 degrees Balling. The fynbos surrounding the vineyard had a strong influence on the wine’s flavour profile.

 In the cellar

After handpicking the grapes, they were fermented on the skins with their own yeast and using punch-downs and pump-overs to mix the juice and skins. Skin contact then took place for 28 days to allow for the maximum extraction of tannins. Malolactic fermentation and aging occurred in old French oak barrels for 12 months.

The vintage

2015 vintage was a cool but dry growing season. It follows a good winter which gave enough water for the grapes to ripen optimally.

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HERITAGE SYRAH

2013

Appellation:
Swartland
Varieties:
100% Shiraz (Syrah)
Harvest date:
Mid February
Yield:
3 ton/ha
Analysis:
Alc 2.76%
TA 5.9 g/l
pH 3.97
RS 2.2 g/l

In the cellar

Grapes were picked by hand. Fermented on skins with punch-downs and pump overs to mix the juice and skins. Own yeast fermentation. Post fermentation skin contact for 20 days to allow for maximum extraction of tannins. Malolactic and ageing in a 2 500L French oak Foudre for 14 months.

Bottling date

Mid June 2015

Drinkability

Drink now, should age well for another 10 years.

Vineyard

A 16-year-old single vineyard from Swartland on schist soil. The crop was reduced to 1 bunch per shoot to enhance grape quality. Hand picked at 23 degrees Balling.

Tasting notes

The indigenous. Fynbos plants that surround the vineyard, have a huge impact on the flavour profile. Lots of typical Fynbos herbs, thyme, bugu and white pepper then continue onto the palate. Violets, black olives and blue berry flavours add complexity to this lingering wine.

Food pairing suggestions

De-boned Karoo lamb on a braai, marinated with olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary, salt and pepper, served with a red wine reduction and marrow sauce. Red wine lamb shank stew with oven grilled veggies.

General & vintage

This Syrah is a true reflection of the combination of schist soils, Cape Fynbos, dryland Shiraz in the Swartland area. 2013 was a super vintage, with enough winter rains and moderate temperatures throughout the growing season. Resulting in good quality grapes.

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HERITAGE SYRAH

2012

Appellation:
Swartland
Varieties:
100% Shiraz (Syrah)
Harvest date:
Mid February
Yield:
3 ton/ha
Analysis:
Alc 14.13%
TA 5.92 g/l
pH 3.95
RS 2.72 g/l

In the cellar

Grapes were picked by hand. Fermented on skins with punch-downs and pump overs to mix the juice and skins. Own yeast fermentation. Post fermentation skin contact for 20 days to allow for maximum extraction of tannins. Malolactic and ageing in a 2 500L French oak Foudre for 14 months.

Bottling date

August 2013

Drinkability

Drink now, should age well for another 10 years.

Vineyard

A 15-year-old single vineyard from Swartland on schist soil. The crop was reduced to 1 bunch per shoot to enhance grape quality. Hand picked at 24.5 degrees balling.

Tasting notes

The indigenous. Fynbos plants that surround the vineyard, have a huge impact on the flavour profile. Lots of typical Fynbos herbs, thyme, bugu and white pepper then continue onto the palate. Violets, black olives and blueberry flavours add complexity to this lingering wine.

Food pairing suggestions

De-boned Karoo lamb on a braai, marinated with olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary, salt and pepper, served with a red wine reduction and marrow sauce. Red wine lamb shank stew with oven grilled veggies.

General & vintage

This Syrah is a true reflection of the combination of schist soils, Cape Fynbos, dryland Shiraz in the Swartland area. 2012 was a dry vintage with early heat waves leading to very quick ripening.

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