Olifantsberg Syrah Breedekloof 2012


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Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Syrah 95%, Carignan 5%

Alcohol by volume - 13.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Olifantsberg

Tasting notes - This wine delivers a complex array of red and dark currant berries; blueberries and sweet aromas of violets which are layered with hints of liquorice and pepper. The refined palate shows seamlessly balanced acidity and tannins.

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Well flavoured with chunky red plum tones and a
savoury and well sustained intensity.
Producer Note
Olifantsberg is passionate about producing authentic wines with a true sense of
place, which reflect the unique location of their vineyard. The focus is on sustainable
farming and winemaking practices, resulting in limited intervention in the both the
vineyard and cellar. The team are fully committed to understanding their terroir and
managing their natural resources through conservation, which adds to the
singularity of their wines. The unique terroir with its combination of schist soils,
constant winds and elevation, produce concentrated fruit that results in elegant,
fresh and age-worthy wines.
Vintage
The 2016 season was one of the driest and warmest years in the industry over the
past few years, however the fruit was kept cool by the constant winds that sweep
through the vineyards. The warmer and drier weather resulted in small, concentrated
berries with a very good amount of fine tannins.
Vineyard
The vineyards are located on the fertile slopes of the Olifantsberg Mountain Range
where they endure large diurnal temperature differences and strong winds, at
altitudes from 250m to 450 metres above sea level. During the winter the mountain
peaks are snow covered, keeping the vines dormant for longer. Cold winters,
coupled with the summer winds, ensures the slow ripening of the grapes, helps to
maintain healthy vines and contributes freshness and elegance to the wines. The
soils in the vineyard comprise a unique schist and slate, which lends structure to the
final wine. The vineyards are farmed in a sustainable manner, helping to maintain
the biodiversity within the vineyards and soils. Specialising in Rhône varietals, the
majority of the vines are either bush trained or trained “sur echalas”- which consists
of a bush vine supported by a wooden vertical support. This wine is a blend of three
trellised vineyards on the wine estate.
Winemaking
The grapes were hand-picked and carefully sorted. 30% of the grapes were
fermented as whole bunches. Fermentation took place in open top fermenters and
soft techniques were used to extract colour, fruit and tannin. Once fermentation was
complete, the wine was aged a further 10 months in seasoned French oak barrels,
cask and foudres.
Tasting Note
This wine delivers a complex array of red and dark currant berries; blueberries and
sweet aromas of violets which are layered with hints of liquorice and pepper. The
refined palate shows seamlessly balanced acidity and tannins.
Serving Suggestion
A classic with grilled lamb or a slow roasted aubergine bake.
Grape
Syrah 95%, Carignan 5%

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Data sheet

Vintage
2012
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Size
6 Bottles
Region
Western Cape

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Olifantsberg Syrah Breedekloof 2012

Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Syrah 95%, Carignan 5%

Alcohol by volume - 13.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Olifantsberg

Tasting notes - This wine delivers a complex array of red and dark currant berries; blueberries and sweet aromas of violets which are layered with hints of liquorice and pepper. The refined palate shows seamlessly balanced acidity and tannins.

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