Simelia Syrah 2017

Origin: Wellington

Syrah 100%

Bottling Date: 13 June 2019

Release Date: December 2019

Total Production: 1,485 bottles

2017 Growing Season
Following a very dry season during 2016, the grape harvest in general was higher in the Cape Winelands. Interestingly the summer was hot, but since we experienced cooler nights throughout the growing season, it greatly assisted the grapes during the ingoing drought. Even though our water supply was adequate, we managed the water usage very carefully to assist the ripening process of the grapes. The dry conditions were favourable in the sense that there were no diseases present in the vineyards. The grape berries were also a bit smaller than usual which also provided amazing flavour concentration and a beautiful colour to our wines. Harvest time was a bit cooler than previous years, which then created the ideal conditions for a truly exceptional vintage. 2017 also marked the year that we harvested from our young Syrah block for the first time.

PLANTED 1980 + 2014

SOIL Decomposed Granite with traces of Table Mountain Sandstone

Vinification and Ageing
Barrel Matured Red Wine

New French Oak | 1st and 2nd fill French Oak

Alcohol 14,5 % vol, Residual Sugar 2.5 gm/l, Total Acidity 5.10 gm/l, pH 3.60 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, 20% new and 80% first and second fill barrels. The wine then remained in barrels, in temperature-controlled cellars for 24 months. After bottling, the wine aged a further 6 months prior to release.

Tasting Notes
A vibrant, refreshing and fruit-driven wine with a touch of spice. This full-bodied wine is barrel-matured for 24 months in French oak. The mouthfeel is rich in character with an elegant finish.
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