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Zevenwacht Syrah 2014

VINTAGE:    2014 |  2013 |  2012 |  2011 |

Wine Style: Full bodied & complex
When to Enjoy: With a delicious meal to savour the intensity of this wine.
How to Serve: At a pleasing 18° (not too cold and not our summer room temperature)
Our meal suggestions: We’ve tried it with a few variations of lamb such as lamb loin chops spiced with salt, black pepper and rosemary, leg of lamb slow roasted, well salted and peppered served with roast potatoes, sweet potatoes and spicy gravy. Strong vegetables could be a vegan alternative!
The wine itself: Warm and vibrant white and black pepper undertones allure you to the mouth-filling flavours of black fruits, sweet violet and jasmine spice finishing with hints of white pepper. Its velvety feel leaves you mesmerized.
What about the grapes? Syrah 100%
And the vineyards (terroir): South-Westerly facing slopes ranging in altitude from 150 – 280m above sea level. The vines are trellised on a seven-wire hedge system.  We harvest approximately six to eight tons per hectare which allows for concentrated plum, brambleberry and riper mulberry flavours with hints of pepper.
How was it made: 2014 was a challenging season with a wet ripening season leading up to the picking date. With careful management and lots of extra time in the vineyards, we managed to pick at optimal ripeness, resulting in beautiful ripe fruit and concentration. We fermented the Syrah at temperatures around 27°C. After fermentation the wine was pressed and racked to 100% 500l French oak barrels where it matured for approximately 18 months. An amazing wine that will develop beautifully over time.
Should this wine age / mature: Definite aging ability in the right conditions – from 5 to 15 years.
Technical Facts: Grape Origin:   Stellenbosch Polkadraai
Wine Variety:   Syrah
Body:    Full
Acidity: Full Acidity
Barrel Treatment: Avg 16 Months
Alc: 14%   Ph: 3.56   Acid: 5.2g/l    Rs: 2.6g/l
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