SC Syrah-2013

Varietal: 100% Syrah
Clone: Sh21A
Rootstock: Richter 110, 99
Fruit source: from own Oude Nektar vineyards in Jonkershoek
Yield: 2.5 tons/hectare
Total production: 1786 bottles
˚B at harvest: 24-25˚
Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Acid: 5.2
Residual sugar: 1.8
Total extract: 30.7 g/l
Age of vines: 23 years at harvest
Trellis: 5-wire vsp
Irrigation: supplemental drip irrigation
Vineyard elevation: 300-310m
Slope: South Westerly

Details of vinification and oaking:

This is a single-vineyard wine from our highest elevation syrah vineyard, a small block contiguous to our single-vineyard cabernet. The grapes for this wine were hand-harvested in late-February. After being cooled overnight to 14 degrees C., they were carefully hand-sorted and crushed into small open fermentation vats and allowed to cold-soak for several days. A small portion was left whole bunch and also uncrushed. About 50% of the blend was natural fermentation and the balance was split between a domestic yeast and an imported Rhône yeast. Regular, vigorous punchdowns were given every 4-6 hours for the first half of fermentation, then every 6-8 hours thereafter. At dryness (average 8-9 days), the wine was basket pressed and racked directly to barrel for malo-lactic fermentation and subsequent barrel maturation. A mix of coopers was used, all French oak, all 300 litre, mostly second-fill and about 40% new. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered after 22 months barrel maturation.

Winemaker’s note:

This was the smallest yielding vintage ever. Winds during flowering produced a small berry set and therefore small bunch size. When we blend we concentrate on the texture — one critic described it as “having the texture of crushed violets”) — and we know that with a few years in the bottle the flavours develop and unfurl.