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Swartland Winery Idelia Syrah Mourvedre Grenache 2013


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Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Pinotage 68%, Shiraz 16%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, Merlot 1%

Alcohol by volume - 14%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Swartland Winery

Tasting notes - An intense brick red colour gives way to a complex and forthcoming nose with earthy aromas of forest floor, lively black berry fruit and sweet scented violets. This is a complex wine with sweet scented floral aromas, spices and vanilla backed by lively berry fruit. Full, rich and voluptuous, with firm yet refined tannins, beautiful oak integration and an excellent balance between fruit, tannin and wood. Lingering finish.

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Idelia is everything a truly great Cape Blend should be -
multi-dimensional with layers of savoury plum fruit
complemented by seamless oak and velvety tannins.
Producer Note
Big open skies, arid deserts, the vast flowing landscape, with its unforgiving climate
and rugged bush vines, this is wild country, this is Swartland. The contrast with
manicured Constantia and oh-so-cool Stellenbosch couldn't be greater. But right
now, Swartland is the most exciting wine region in South Africa. A new wave of
winemakers are making ground-breaking wines from Rhône varietals and it is part of
a revolution that has got everybody talking. The Swartland Winery is producing iconic
and award winning wines in this fashionable and dynamic region, so we have joined
forces with them to create a unique, distinctive and expressive wine range that has
been masterfully blended for the UK palate. We think something this good, is
definitely worth talking about!
Vineyard
The Swartland name originates from a description of the indigenous "renosterbos" or
rhino bush, which appears to turn black, ("Swart" in Afrikaans), during the summer
months. This hot, dry climate has an average temperature range of 25°C to 35°C
and an annual rainfall of 450 mm and 600mm, but the altitude of these vineyards
creates a cool oasis in this arid landscape. Minimal intervention and environmentally
friendly farming practices are paramount. The soil types vary, but Malmesbury Shale
dominates, with small patches of granite and Table Mountain sandstone. The gravel
sub-structure of the soil promotes good moisture retention, essential in this hot, dry
climate.
Winemaking
The grapes came from 100% bush vine vineyards ranging in age from 25 years to 40
years. The berries were harvested at optimal phenolic ripeness. The fermentation
took place at temperatures of between 24°C to 26°C. Aggressive pump overs and
aeration took place during the first half of the fermentation, which gradually became
shorter in frequency and duration. 0.5 grams/ litre oak were added during the
fermentation and an extended skin contact was applied after the fermentation. The
wine was aged in 1st, 2nd and 3rd fill French oak medium toast barrels for 18
months.
Tasting Note
An intense brick red colour gives way to a complex and forthcoming nose with
earthy aromas of forest floor, lively black berry fruit and sweet scented violets. This is a
complex wine with sweet scented floral aromas, spices and vanilla backed by lively
berry fruit. Full, rich and voluptuous, with firm yet refined tannins, beautiful oak
integration and an excellent balance between fruit, tannin and wood. Lingering
finish.
Serving Suggestion
Enjoy with authentic Italian pasta, red meat dishes with rich sauces or roasted lamb.
Grape
Pinotage 68%, Shiraz 16%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, Merlot 1%

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Data sheet

Vintage
2013
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Size
6 Bottles
Region
Western Cape

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Swartland Winery Idelia Syrah Mourvedre Grenache 2013

Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Pinotage 68%, Shiraz 16%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, Merlot 1%

Alcohol by volume - 14%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Swartland Winery

Tasting notes - An intense brick red colour gives way to a complex and forthcoming nose with earthy aromas of forest floor, lively black berry fruit and sweet scented violets. This is a complex wine with sweet scented floral aromas, spices and vanilla backed by lively berry fruit. Full, rich and voluptuous, with firm yet refined tannins, beautiful oak integration and an excellent balance between fruit, tannin and wood. Lingering finish.

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