Casa Simelia Syrah 2016

Origin: Wellington

Syrah 100%

Bottling Date: 1 February 2018

Release Date: May 2018

Total Production: 2,484 bottles

2016 Growing Season
The ongoing drought in the Western Cape was evident with the very low rainfall we experienced in the winter of 2015. The summer started to pick up the pace in November, which then saw the temperatures sore into the 40’s during December and January. This incredibly hot and dry summer season was challenging for many grape farmers. We have the good fortune that our water supply was very adequate and with excellent vineyard management our vineyards performed very well. The harvest was earlier than usual, yet yielded higher than 2015. The quality of the grapes was very good. Interestingly the 2016 vintage is remembered for its delicate and elegant flavours compared to the bolder flavours from 2015. Both our single vineyard Syrah block, as well as the Merlot block was harvested by hand. The grapes were then sorted by hand on the sorting table, ensuring only the best grapes are used for our wines.



SOIL Decomposed Granite with traces of Table Mountain Sandstone

Vinification and Ageing

Barrel Matured Red Wine

New French Oak | 3rd and 4th fill French Oak

Alcohol 14,5 % vol, Residual Sugar 1.3 gm/l, Total Acidity 5.80 gm/l, pH 3.52 The clusters were hand-picked into 18-kg crates and then selected and sorted by hand before destem, and finally softly crushed. All grapes come exclusively from our own single vineyard block situated on our farm at 250m altitude above sea level. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 26-30°C for 10 days, followed by 10-15 days of maceration on the skins. The malolactic fermentation took place mainly in French oak barrels, 10% new french oak, 30% first fill and 60% second, third and fourth fill barrels. The wine then remained in barrels, in temperature-controlled cellars for 18 months. After bottling, the wine aged a further 3 months prior to release.

Tasting Notes

This Syrah has a bold and spicy character with a very fruit driven nose. The palate offers an elegant touch of minerality and a lively vibrant finish.

A beautiful wine to be enjoyed with family and friends.

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