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2020 Wandering Beeste Syrah, Swartland

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The Swartland’s soils consist of the Cape’s great granite, sandy loams but also schists and shales which are the two that inform this Syrah. 50% whole bunch, 50% whole berry, the bright tannic structure of this comes from the stems and the soils. A skinny Syrah more bones than flesh, more Nguni than Heiffer, and the better for it. No two vintages have quite been the same – same schist, different day.

Grapes for this wine are selected from vineyards from the slopes of the Kasteelberg and Paardeberg mountains, each adding its own intonation of blue and red fruit. Vines are 15-25 years old and express the shale and granite rock on which they grow. The fruit selection is as much selected by the tannic structure of the stems than the grape itself, the intention being to capture that bright, vital acidity to balance the generous fruit. The grapes are picked in the early hours and trucked to the winery where further selection is made. 50% of the fruit is fermented whole bunch and 50% whole berry. The wine goes through wild yeast fermentation over a 6 month period in old French oak barrels. It is then racked off and settled, mostly into tank, for a further 4 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

It’s skinny, structured stuff with breadth, texture and a charmingly rustic gait. Mineral, fine and uplifting this vintage is another bony Beeste. 50% whole berry, 50% whole bunch, once again it is the bright acidity and fine tannins in the stems that lift the ripe Syrah fruit to a freshness and vitality seldom found in Swartland. The mean, slatey soils give further minerality to the palate which finishes long, broad and bright. Such a delight.

You know what to have with this!… it’s a proper Shiraz that deserves a wonderfully juicy, premium and rare steak!


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