Somesay 2019
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 moutainous areas, 900m above sea level. The soils are a combination of Tafelberg sandstone 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%. Both S/S and oak foudres are used for fermenta- tion with pigeage 2-3 times per day. All fermentations were done spontaneously with natural yeast. The malolactic fermentation was also done spontaneously. Maturation took place in a combination of used French oak barrique and foudres for 11 months.

 

Bottling date: 14 February 2020

Drink now to 2030.

TASTING NOTES

Somesay 2019 - by Samarie Smith

 

Syrah is known to perform well across the diverse wine regions of South Africa, offering the robust fruit expression of a typical Shiraz or the genteel savouriness of a Syrah. Ancient soil plays a pivotal role in the wines’ ability to express the essence of a place, and the decision of blending regions presents a multi-layered wine, executed with flair and finesse.

The Somesay Syrah encapsulates both the spirit of the Cederberg and Stellenbosch regions in a display of vivacious red and darker fruit. The knock-on effect of a prolonged drought in the Cape gave rise to reduced yields in the 2019 harvest, delivering smaller berries to impart more intensity in the final wine.

The wine introduces itself with confidence in youthful and vibrant ruby hues. Somewhat austere, one is taken by its ethereal perfume that engages you to discover more intricate nuances. Its journey in the glass starts with delicate notes of potpourri, violets, and sandalwood, balanced with the comforting aroma of cranberry shortbread and warm French patisserie. Congruent to the nose, the wine fulfils its promise with a vibrant yet nimble expression of young plum, red currants, cherry, and dried fig with a subtle savoury edge of thyme and cedar. A judicious use of large foudre and older oak barrels complements the fruit, adding a textured mid-palate while a significant percentage of whole bunch fermentation concludes with a pruned rose-bush character and lifted freshness to balance the tannins.

Floral notes persist on the palate, teasing with hints of salted dark chocolate shavings and a nudging acidity. Beautifully executed to honour the delicate, almost light-footed, and feminine personality of this Syrah, it melds the quintessential characteristics of both Old and New World.

 

Tasting Note
Appearance:
Medium intensity. Ruby with purple rim Nose: Medium intensity. Primary: Floral notes adds a gracious touch, dried lavender, hints of white pepper, olive, violet, dried fig, potpourri, ripe nectarine skin, cranberry, red currents, some dark fruit, young plums, some raspberry, red liquorice. Secondary: dusty, smoky, dark chocolate, vanilla, hints of clove, cedar, pastry, shortbread.

Palate
Dry, medium flavour intensity, restrained, medium acidity, med Alc., soft yet lifted acidity, pruned rose bush (freshness from the whole bunch), taut, youthful, quite deft tannin at first, medium + body, finely knit, salted-choc, saline minerality, old-world restrain, hints of rosemary, medium-plus finish.

 

Quality
The wine has a good balance between fruit, the oak and the acidity. It has a medium length, medium+ intensity, and medium concentration. Well-made and will benefit with bottle age. Conclusion Sophisticated, persistent, and memorable. More perfumed than spicy notes foretell a sophisticated wine. Albeit somewhat austere, the wine will still evolve and come into its own. The wine will benefit with prior decanting.

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