2021 Oldenburg Vineyards Rondekop Stone Axe Syrah

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2021 Oldenburg Vineyards Rondekop Stone Axe Syrah

Outstanding. Complex. Moreish. We could go on, but we shouldn’t need to - try it for yourself.

Tasting Notes 

Nose

Red fruit burst out of the glass – raspberry, dark cherry and redcurrant – before red pepper, star anise, rose petal and violets join the fray. 

Palate

Mouth-watering acidity and rounded tannins complete the picture on the palate. Outstanding.

 

2021 Oldenburg Vineyards Rondekop Stone Axe 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.

The Rondekop Series wines represent a small selection of the best barrels – either single cultivar or a blend – from our iconic Rondekop hill. We believe there are 8 Natural Elements which uniquely impact our vineyards, creating quintessential wine producing conditions. At the centre of it all is our perfectly round hill, Rondekop: the 8th natural element.

Several stone axes have been found on Rondekop itself. These stone axes are from an early Stone Age, estimated to be at least 100,000 years old. Knowing that early humans lived and hunted on Rondekop adds to the mystical nature of our valley. In this special place, we planted our Syrah vineyard blocks.

Vintage Conditions

Moderate weather throughout the 2021 season, and specifically during harvest time, resulted in grapes ripening slower, while developing exceptional colour and flavour. Harvesting began roughly two weeks later than usual due to unusually cool weather conditions throughout the season, which persisted through to harvest. Notably, water resources were also replenished following the recent drought, which contributed to fantastic vine growth, bunch numbers and exceptional berry sizes at Oldenburg Vineyards.

Winemaking & Maturation

Grapes were harvested from a single high-altitude vineyard on Rondekop. The grapes were hand-picked in lugboxes and stored in a coolroom overnight. 10% of grapes were whole bunch fermented and 90% were fermented as whole berries. The whole clusters were footstomped and naturally fermented. 1-3 soft punch downs were done per day and the wine was racked 3 times during fermentation. The wine was aged for 18 months in a combination of a 2500L Austrian foudre as well as 300L and 500L French oak barrels.

Accolades

  • 94pts | Platter's

    Specifications

    Year 2021
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar 85% Syrah, 15% Grenache Noir
    Country South Africa
    Alcohol content
    14.5% alc vol 
    Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.9units
    Food matching Black pepper and herb crusted lamb rack served with grilled aubergines and mint sauce.
    Cellaring Potential This beautiful wine will mature spectacularly for another 13–15 years.
    Type Red Wine
    Allergen Information Contains sulphites
    Origin Stellenbosch
    Appellation WO Western Cape