2019 Oldenburg Syrah

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2019 Oldenburg Syrah

A Rhône Valley lovers’ Syrah. Spicy, full of red fruit and lightly oaked.

Tasting Notes 

Nose

A bouquet of red fruit – red cherries, rhubarb and cranberries – are interwoven with spicier notes of black pepper, lavender, parmesan shavings and grapefruit pith. 

Palate

Refreshingly light in alcohol with a delicate grip from the whole bunch and 25% new wood.

2019 Oldenburg Syrah

Winery

Oldenburg; a hot topic from a cool climate. Anyone who knows anything about South African wine should have Oldenburg fully on their radar – they are producing outrageously good wine and have, very arguably, the most beautiful tasting room to visit in the Cape. Oldenburg, situated in the Banghoek Valley of Stellenbosch, has one of the coolest microclimates in the region. A combination of a mountain amphitheatre, high altitude and cooling winds result in growing conditions about 5 degrees cooler than the rest of Stellenbosch.

Oldenburg aims to best reflect their remarkable terroir through the Oldenburg Vineyards (OV) range of wines – a range of single cultivar wines. There is minimal intervention in the vineyards and the wines are made in an uncompromising manner.

Vintage Conditions

While winter had a late start, it was characterised by good rainfall, leading to an even budbreak. A turbulent start to flowering season improved towards the onset of summer. Warmer weather in November contributed to even vineyard growth. A moderate January and February was followed by an initially hot February, while cool and wet conditions dominated from the end of February through March, creating challenging harvest conditions. Despite the wetter conditions, our microclimate allowed the grapes to achieve ideal ripeness.

Winemaking & Maturation

Hand harvested and hand sorted to ensure that only the best fruit makes its way into the bottle. Whole berry fermentation took place, using only natural yeasts, in two batches – the first batch was 30% whole bunch and the second was 100% whole bunch. Punch downs were used 1 – 3 times per day for optimal extraction. 14 months of maturation, in 300L and 500L French oak (25% new), followed by fermentation. The wine was bottled unfiltered and unfined.

Accolades

  • 92pts | Platter's

    Specifications

    Year 2019
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar 100% Syrah
    Country South Africa
    Alcohol content
    9.2% alc vol 
    Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.5 units
    Food matching Barbequed pork ribs- and don’t be scared to get a bit of char on the ribs from the flames!
    Type Red Wine
    Allergen Information Contains sulphites
    Origin Stellenbosch
    Appellation WO Western Cape