WEATHER CONDITIONS – Simonsberg, Stellenbosch
Leaf fall occurred earlier than usual post-harvest due to limited water. Winter only cooled off later with higher than usual temperatures. We only received 80% of expected winter rainfall
Warm spring simulated early culivars to have even and fast bud burst. Shoot growth varied due to temperature fluctuations which lead to faster suckering. Above average rainfall during flowering and berry set lead to unevenness between berries and bunches. Night time temperatures were cooler during ripening, which lead to good colour and flavour. Harvest started later but sped up mid-season and slow later due to rain showers. 13 February we saw large hail fall, but we had limited damage.
Despite the challenges and small a small harvest we will see great wines.
The bunches were sorted and placed whole into the tanks. The tanks were allowed to
slowly start fermenting naturally with two to three pump overs a day taking place. Post
fermentation, they were given three weeks extended skin contact before being taken
down to used French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine stayed in the
barrels for twelve months.
GRAPE VARIETIES 100% Syrah
PRODUCTION 3,551 cases – 21,306 bottles
ANALYSIS Alcohol: 14.5% Vol Total Acidity: 5.27 g/L pH: 3,57 Residual Sugar: 1.95 g/L