Aspect: Syrah – North (estate grapes); Petit Sirah – North West (small vineyard on the Eerste River)
Age: Syrah – 15 years old; Petit Sirah – 13 years old.
Yield: 6 – 7 tons/ha
Notes: Bunch thinning at pea berry stage of bunch development. No leaf breaking.
Fermentation: Whole bunch uncrushed. CO2 blanket maintained until the commencement of fermentation. Minimal mixing of the tank during fermentation to maintain the integrity of the berries. 3 weeks natural fermentation. Press juice added back to free run. Fermentation completed in barriques.
Maturation: 1 year in 3 rd fill French oak barriques.
Tasting Notes & Analysis
Colour: Deep ruby red colour.
Nose: Black berry, ripe plum, liquorish, fenel…
Palate: Fresh ripe fruit up front. The tannin is chalky and mouth filling and leads to a gentle dryness that counters the fresh fruit and brings length.
14 % Alc.; pH 3.62; 5.47 g/l TA; 0.8 g/L VA; 35 mg/L FSO2; 84 mg/L TSO2.