2019 Benguela Cove Syrah
- Case (Member)
- South Africa
- Walker Bay
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Veritas Wine Awards
True to the varietal grown in cooler climates, one is lured closer by aromas of Rosemary and Fynbos, a rich perfume and a savoury gloss with hints of pepper spice. Juicy ripe tannins adds structure with a youthful freshness to perch the bold fruit. The fruit follows through beautifully with a salty finish that lingers on the palate.
Albeit upfront and evocative, the wine was executed with restain for a balanced end result. Young yet forthcoming, it is evident the winemaker followed an old world approach and not to let the oak overpower the honest essence of this wine.
Cellar master note: Syrah can truly showcase terroir when allowed to do so by not overworking it in the winery. Our winemaking approach is to honour this unique piece of land at the Southern tip of Africa. - Johann Fourie
- Winemaking Notes
The grapes were cooled overnight followed by both bunch- and berry sorting the next morning. After three days of cold maceration, the juice was allowed to warm up to 16 C. To enhance the intrinsic qualities of Syrah, a combination of whole bunches and destemmed berries were used, inoculated with selected yeast strains to accentuate spicy and fruity aromas. Alcoholic fermentation lasted eight days during which gentle pump overs encouraged delicate flavour and colour extraction. Pressed off the skins when fermentation was completed, the wine was settled in tank and transferred to the barrels for malolactic fermentation to smooth out its edges.
Maturation: 18 months | Oak: 30% new French oak | Production: 34 barrels | Aging potential: 8 years from vintage
- Growing Conditions
Planted on contrasting slopes and soil types sets the bar for a layered and complex wine to arise from these Walker Bay Syrah vineyards. Poised on the shores of the Bot River Lagoon with vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, ensures a cool, temperate climate. Cool climate Syrah ripens slowly, allowing for longer hang time and subsequent structure and flavour development.
Slope: North facing vineyards | Soil: Iron laterites, granite and chalk rich soils | Clones: SH21, SH22 & SH12