2020 Lighthouse Collection Syrah
- Case (Member)
- South Africa
- Walker Bay
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
“This Syrah perfectly reflects the Benguela Cove terroir in a glass. A gentle approach in the
cellar helped to encapsulate our unique location at the southern tip of Africa.” - Cellar Master, Johann Fourie
100% Estate Grown
True to the varietal, one is lured closer with delicious dark fruit, a rich perfume and a savoury gloss
with hints of pepper. 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 a hands off approach not to let the oak overpower the honest essence of this wine.
- Winemaking Notes
The grapes were cooled overnight followed by bunch- and berry sorting the next morning. After three days of cold maceration, the juice was allowed to warm up to 16℃. To enhance the intrinsic qualities of Syrah, the must was inoculated with selected yeast strains to accentuate spicy and fruity aromas.
Alcoholic fermentation lasted about 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.
Oak maturation: 12 Months | Barrel: 100%
French | Production: 12 barrels | Aging potential: 3 - 5 years from vintage
Cellaring potential: 4 - 6 years from vintage date| Serving temperature: 14-16℃
BEST TO ENJOY
This wine calls for an array of meaty dishes but will also impress when spicy dishes and roasted root vegetables are served up.
- Growing Conditions
The Lighthouse Collection was created to entice the palate with all the special qualities brought to you by a cool climate wine but meant to be more approachable and accessible in its youth. As an ode to the treacherous yet extraordinary coast, a lighthouse was built overlooking the vineyards, Bot River lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. The vineyards selected for this wine was meant to evoke the inherent spiciness syrah is known for. The vines were managed with great care to aid even ripening and complexity.
Slope: north and west facing| Soil: Shale and iron-rich clay | Clones: SH21, SH22, SH470
- Food Pairing
Feta and spinach spanakopita | honey glazed pork ribs | middle eastern tagine