Sutherland Syrah 2009

This Shiraz was aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. This wine is tasty and complex; showing black berry flavours with great texture on the palate. There are blackcurrant and fynbos aromas on the nose. Will reward cellaring.

Maturation

Will develop well for 5 years.

Food Pairing

The spicy character of this wine lends itself to stews and grilled beef.

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Tasting Notes

Varietal Shiraz
Root stock 101-14
Soil type Tukulu / Glenrosa
Age of vines Planted 2004, 2005
Plant density 2353 vines/ha
Trellising 7 wire Perold with moveable foliage wires
Pruning Spur
Yield 15 t/ha
Irrigation Supplementary drip
Vintage Like 2008, there was a late start to the 2009 harvest. Long, moderate, dry warm spells led to near perfect ripening conditions. Possibly one of the best vintages the Cape has seen.
Picking date 19-31 March 2009
Grape sugar 25.2 °B
Acidity 5.1 g/l
pH at harvest 3.57
Yeasts Natural occurring yeasts
Fermentation temp 28 °C
Method De-stalked, hand sorting of berries, crushed, pumped into stainless steel tanks, pumped over for 5 days, left for 2 days before pressing, racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation.
Wood Maturation 18 months in barrel. 35% new French oak, balance 3rd and 4th fill barrels
Residual sugar 2.5 g/l
pH 3.62
Total acid 5.9 g/l
Alcohol 14.77%
Maturation Should be drinking well until about 2016

This Shiraz was aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. This wine is tasty and complex; showing black berry flavours with great texture on the palate. There are blackcurrant and fynbos aromas on the nose. Will reward cellaring.

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