SOUTH AFRICA

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Sijnn Syrah
2013 Syrah

Viticulture

Vineyard: Located on a plateau in Malgas. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigor.
Soil Type: Base of schist with pudding stones on the surface.
Vine Age: 8 and 9 years old.
Irrigation: Lightly irrigated
Harvest Date:
Yield: 20 hl/ha.

Vinification:

VINTAGE CONDITIONS
A good growing season with few problems. An outstanding harvest without the damaging winds experienced in Stellenbosch. A modest crop in good balance for all varieties. Perhaps the best vintage from Malgas yet.
PRODUCTION
Picked in the early morning and transported to Stellenbosch in a cool truck. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation followed sorting, crushing and destemming. Nine days on the skins, with skins punched down 2 to 3 times a day. Single pressing in a traditional basket press and malolactic fermentation in barrels. Aged for 22 months in oak barrels.
Bottled by hand, un-fined and un-filtered.
Total Production: 258 x 12 x 750mℓ; 75 x 1,5L; 32 x 6 x 375ml

Tasting Notes:

Color: Deep ruby red.
Nose: Fresh wild red berries and spice with mineral hints, slate like and licorice aspects.
Palate: Fine and complex. Soft, but firm tannins that melt in the mouth, giving way to the red berry fruit, spice and mineral complexity on the clean, polished finish.
Other: Has enough zest to go with rich pasta, mushroom risotto and subtle red meat dishes.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.22
RS (g/l): 2.0
TA (g/l): 5.5
pH: 3.66