Casa Simelia Syrah 2018

Origin: Wellington

Syrah 100%

Bottling Date: 2 October 2019

Release Date: May 2020

Total Production: 7,051 bottles

2018 Growing Season
The drought, which hampered the Cape, was probably the worst in over 100 years. The Cape experienced serious water shortages and restrictions were put in place to manage the water reserves. The harvest season for most wine farmers was very challenging due to the drought and water restrictions. In general, the wine industry experienced a dip in production for the 2018 vintage, but with good quality. Fortunately our farm water reserves were more than adequate for our three vineyard blocks. They received enough water throughout the growing season and they were disease-free due to the dry conditions. Our yield increased from the previous year, but it must also be mentioned that our young Syrah block was in full swing, which produced an exceptional yield and quality.


PLANTED 1980 + 2014

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 2.2 gm/l, Total Acidity 5.20 gm/l, pH 3.53 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 and 60% second, third and fourth filled barrels. The wine then remained in barrels, in temperature-controlled cellars for 12 months. After bottling, the wine aged a further 6 months prior to release.

Tasting Notes

A fruit-driven wine with touches of spice. Barrel-matured for 12 months in French oak. The refreshing palate offers a lovely finish with fine acidity.

A beautiful wine to be enjoyed with family and friends.

Release Date: June 2020
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