2018 Lighthouse Collection Syrah

Retail
£13.00
Member
£11.70
Case
£78.00
Case (Member)
£70.20
Varieties
Syrah
Vintage
2018
Country
South Africa
Region
Walker Bay
Alcohol
13.79%
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2022 - 2024

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Description

"This Syrah perfectly reflects the Benguela Cove terroir in a glass. A gentle approach in the cellar helped to encapsulate our unique location at the southern tip of Africa." - Cellar Master, Johann Fourie
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True to the varietal, one is lured closer with delicious dark fruit, a rich perfume and a savoury gloss with hints of pepper. Juicy ripe tannins adds structure with a youthful freshness to perch the bold fruit. The fruit follows through beautifully with a salty finish that lingers on the palate.

Albeit upfront and evocative, the wine was executed with restraint for a balanced end result. Young yet forthcoming, it is evident the winemaker followed a hands off approach not to let the oak overpower the honest essence of this wine.

Winemaking Notes

To enhance the intrinsic qualities of Syrah, the must was inoculated with selected yeast strains to accentuate spicy and fruity aromas.
Alcoholic fermentation lasted about eight days during which gentle pump overs encouraged delicate flavour and colour extraction.
Pressed off the skins when fermentation was completed, the wine was settled in tank and transferred to the barrels for malolactic fermentation to smooth out its edges.
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Oak maturation: 12 Months | Barrel: 100% French oak | Production: 12 barrels | Ageing potential: 3-5 years from vintage

Growing Conditions

The Lighthouse Collection was created to entice the palate with all the special qualities brought to you by a cool climate wine but meant to be more approachable and accessible in its youth. As an ode to the treacherous yet extraordinary coast, a lighthouse was built overlooking the vineyards, Bot River lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean.
The vineyards selected for this wine was meant to evoke the inherent spiciness syrah is known for. The vines were managed with great care to aid even ripening and complexity.

Slope: north and west facing | Soil: Shale and iron-rich clay | Clones: SH21, SH22, SH470

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