2018 Benguela Cove Syrah
- Case (Member)
- South Africa
- Walker Bay
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Top 12 Champion
- Shiraz Championship
- 4 Stars
- Platter's Wine Guide
As an ode to the New World, the fruit-forward Syrah aims to please those in search of a wine with great concentration.
With enough restraint, freshness and bold tannin, this wine will certainly age well, although you might be tempted to drink it straight away.
There is nothing shy about this wine and one is met with an abundant display of violet, plum, black figs, fruit pastilles, mulberry and warm spice. As expressive and aromatic as it is, a twist awaits on the palate with a more savoury character and mouth-filling intensity. Well-chiselled tannin and and assertive acidity concludes the wine.
- Winemaking Notes
Planted on contrasting slopes and soil types sets the bar for a layered and complex wine to arise from these Walker Bay Syrah vineyards. Poised on the shores of the Bot River Lagoon with vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, ensures a cool, temperate climate.
Cool climate Syrah ripens slowly, allowing for longer hang time and subsequent structure and flavour development.
Maturation: 18 months | Oak: 30% new French oak | Production: 11 barrels | Ageing potential: 8 years from vintage
- Growing Conditions
The grapes were cooled overnight followed by both bunch- and berry sorting the next morning. After three days of cold maceration, the juice was allowed to warm up to 16 C. To enhance the intrinsic qualities of Syrah, a combination of whole bunches and destemmed berries were used, inoculated with selected yeast strains to accentuate spicy and fruity aromas. Alcoholic fermentation lasted eight days during which gentle pump overs encouraged delicate flavour and colour extraction.
- Food Pairing
Its seductive personality makes it a great choice for hearty South African stews. It’s underlying freshness cutting through rich and fatty flavours. Lamb tagine | Rogan Josh curry | Moroccan Chicken Bastilla