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Somesay 2020
Origin: Western Cape 100% Syrah

Some say Shiraz, some say Syrah.

We don't really care what you call it, so long as you enjoy it as much as we do.


Our grapes are selected from sites across the Western Cape, from Cederberg to Stellenbosch, and blended to create a wine that we believe best expresses this special varietal.

Vineyard
The first portion of the fruit is sourced from mountainous areas, 900m above sea level. The soils are a combination of Tafelberg sandstone, granite, shale, and ferricrete laterite. The rest of the fruit is sourced from the Polkadraai Hills, Devon Valley, and Bottelary Hill wards in Stellenbosch dominated by decomposed granite.

 

Winemaking
Plenty of batches are fermented separately to ensure complexity in this wine with the whole clusters fraction per tank ranging from 30-100%. Maturation took place in a combination of second and third filled French oak barrique and foudres for 11months. Mainly Saury, Sylvain, Taransaud and Boutes 225 litres, but also a 1000 litre foudre was used with pigeage 2-3 times per day. All fermentations were done spontaneously with natural yeast. The malolactic fermentation was also done spontaneously. Fermentation peaking at 26°. IPW certified. Vegan-friendly. Yield average of 6-8ton/ha.

 

TASTING NOTES

Somesay 2020 - by Samarie Smith

 

Pronounced intensity | Deep ruby colour | Med acidity | Med+ body | High alcohol |med+ finish.

Nose
Perfumed and quite flamboyant, the wine naturally engages you with its hedonistic character. This Syrah exudes the primary fruit of blackberry, mulberry, ripe plums, potpourri, liquorice, crushed rose petals, violets lavender, and sweet spice. The smart use of oak introduces subtle secondary notes of pepper, sandalwood, and cloves.

 

Palate
The wine embraces your palate with firm, ripe tannins, balanced with a refreshing acidity. Also, quite ethereal, the same subtleties on the nose persist on the palate, affirming the wine's integrity. Commendably, the use of oak primarily as a textural component, honours the wines' varietal expression, allowing a burst of flavour to linger on the palate. Although commanding, the wine is approachable in its youth with adequate tension that will help it age beautifully.

 

Plate
A Moroccan-inspired lamb tagine will be the ultimate partner with this Syrah. Being generous in fruit with authoritative tannin, one can add your version of a ras el hanout spice mixture to complement the fruit. Think of cardamom, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, allspice, dry ginger, peppercorns, paprika, fenugreek, and dry turmeric. These cool savoury notes add to the intensity of the black and red fruit in this wine.

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