Geur: pittig, cederhout, kruidnagel, viooltjes, bosbes
Smaak: verfijnd, balans, rood en zwart fruit, donkere tonen
Houdbaar: op dronk, minimaal houdbaar tot eind 2024
Lekker bij: kruidige gerechten zoals hazenpeper, wildzwijn, gebakken biefstuk en harde oude kazen.
The vineyards are located on the fertile slopes of the Olifantsberg Mountain Range where they endure large diurnal temperature differences and strong winds, at altitudes from 250m to 450 metres above sea level. During the winter the mountain peaks are snow covered, keeping the vines dormant for longer. Cold winters, coupled with the summer winds, ensures the slow ripening of the grapes. The vineyards are farmed in a sustainable manner, helping to maintain the biodiversity within the vineyards and soils. Specialising in Rhône varietals, the majority of our vines are either bush trained or trained “sur echalas” – which consists of a bush vine supported by a wooden vertical support. Our Syrah vines are grown on sandstone to clay shale soils with some granite in between.
Fermentation with up to 30% whole bunch took place in open top fermenters. Soft techniques were used to extract colour, fruit and tannin. The wine was aged a further 10 months in seasoned French oak barrels, cask and foudres.
Tim Atkin: 91/100
Elizma Visser is looking to make a “Crozes-Hermitage style” Syrah with these partially whole bunch-fermented grapes from Breedekloof, blended with 5% Carignan. It’s a youthful, perfumed, slightly reductive red with subtle oak and appealing blackberry and black olive flavours. 2018-24
Platter’s: Syrah 2016, ****
Youthful, but shows much promise in its clean leather, red fruit notes, rich yet unheavy concentration. 2016 roundly dry. Barrel fermented, 225-2,000L French, 5% new.