Zevenwacht Syrah 2008

A warm vibrant wine bursting with white pepper and sweet spicy floral tones of Jasmine and Violets. Loads of black currant and subtle black pepper flavours on the palate. A soft tannin structure emphasizes the velvety texture of this concentrated wine.


variety : Shiraz [ 90% Shiraz, 10% Grenache ]
winemaker : Jacques Viljoen
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 3 g/l  pH : 3.58  ta : 5.5 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fragrant   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
2012 Veritas Wine Awards - Silver Medal
in the vineyard : Southwesterly facing slopes ranging in altitude from 150 - 280 m above sea level allow for moderate temperatures. The vines are trellised on a seven-wire hedge system that allows for perfect containment of the sometimes-vigorous growth habit of Syrah. Pruned to two-bud spurs, allowing for 16 - 18 bearers per running meter, we harvest approximately six to eight tons per hectare. This allows for concentrated plum and roasted spice notes so typical of Syrah.

about the harvest: The Syrah grapes for this wine were hand-harvested from two different Syrah vineyards on Zevenwacht.

in the cellar : The one vineyard is a 25-year old Syrah vineyard on Zevenwacht. It lies on a lower westerly facing slopes and lends a beautiful elegant white pepper spicy tone to the wine. The other vineyard is a younger Syrah vineyard, 200m above sea level on a Southwesterly-facing slope. The younger Syrah vineyard gives massive concentration, black fruits and a beautiful tannin structure. Fermentation temperatures hover around 26 degrees Celsius peaking at ┬▒28 degrees Celsius. Regular del├Ęstage and punch downs helps with extract, intense colour and soft, pliable tannins. After fermentation the wine is pressed and racked to 100% French oak barrels where it matured for approximately 11 months. After the 11 months, we selected our top Syrah barrels and pre-blended it with our new blending partner, 10% Grenache. The Grenache gave the wine beautiful black pepper tones on the nose and palate. The final blend of Syrah and Grenache was returned to the barrel for a further 4 months before bottling.

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