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Delucius Syrah 2019

Origin: Voor-Groenberg
Cultivar: 100% Syrah
Bottling Date: 31 May 2021
Release Date: September 2021
Total Production: 1,568 bottles
Ageing Potential: Drinks exceptionally well now. Can be stored up to 6 years.
Serve At: 16 – 18 Degrees
Pair With: Cape Malay Meat Curry, Mediterranean-inspired tapas or Margherita pizza, Grilled meats, meat casseroles and mature strong cheeses

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Growing Season
The summer of 2019 was an unusual one to say the least. The Western Cape was still experiencing its three year drought and the expectation was that the summer season would be exceptionally hot and dry. In October 2018, a very unexpected heat wave hit the Cape Winelands area, which caught most wine-farmers off guard during the blossoming period.

At Woestkloof we had to irrigate to ensure minimal loss in our vineyards. The ripening period in January and February was then unusually cooler than expected, which in effect was very positive for the over all grape analysis and the quality of the wine. Then in March, came an unbelievable and very unseasonable amount of rain, which was very concerning to many wine farmers with later varietals. We had fortunately harvested our Cabernet Sauvignon just prior to these rains. The quality of our grapes from all our varietals were really exceptional.

Vineyards
Single Block Size: 1,14 HA
Planted: 2014
Soil: Decomposed Granite with traces of Table Mountain Sandstone
Vinification & Ageing
Anaylsis: Alcohol 14,5 % vol, Residual Sugar 2.9 gm/l, Total Acidity 5.60 gm/l, pH 3.57

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 200m 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, 45% new french oak and 55% second, third and fourth filled barrels. The wine then remained in barrels, in temperature-controlled cellars for 24 months. After bottling, the wine aged a further 3 months prior to release.

Awards & Accolades
4 ½ Star platter
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