Riebeeksrivier Syrah 2018
A mix of ripe, dark blue and black berries and plum fruit, brushed with spice and herbs. Succulent entry to the mouth with immediate plump, plush blueberry and plum. That rounded berry vibrance makes way for a squeeze of chalky tannin and dry oak grip which balances the fruit well. Lovely inky licorice adds intrigue. Suave, genteel and elegant with a glossy, smoothly varnished long farewell.
Accolades: 4.5* – Platters, 89 Points – Tim Atkin MW, 89 Points – James Suckling, Winner – Shiraz SA Challenge Top 12 2023
Riebeeksrivier Syrah 2017
Gentle herbaceous base note of dried lavender underpins more typical fynbos, blue and black fruit on the nose. A structured, elegant yet powerful wine, the palate delivers black cherry, plum and dried herb flavours with a subtle punctuation of black pepper. Layered and complex, the ripe fruit is both succulent and beautifully integrated with the oak, which adds a light, dry tannin frame. The finish is long and refined.
Accolades: 89 Points – Tim Atkin MW, 89 Points – Platter’s SA
Riebeeksrivier Syrah 2015
This wine displays aromatics of Fynbos with herbaceous whiffs, extending to plum and dark fruit characteristics on the nose. Hints of lavender presents interesting floral notes. This wine is a bold, structured and powerful wine yet simultaneously refined. Supple oak tannin provides a frame for the plum fruit flavour and complements the light, peppery spice lift. The palate is savoury and appealing with a velvety texture from the well-judged seamless oak integration. It is layered and complex with a long defined finish.
Accolades: 4* – Platters.
All components were sorted by an optic sorting machine to ensure only the best quality grapes are used for this wine. Wine was fermented in a combination of Italian Concrete tanks and stainless steel tanks. Ageing in 225L French oak barrels for approximately 16-18 months completed the maturation period.
The prolonged drought South Africa experienced, resulted in lower yields and visibly smaller bunches. The 2018 vintage indicated promising wines with good fruit. Advantageously the drier weather resulted in healthy vines with little or no pests and disease.
Origin of Fruit
Fermentation took place in a combination of Italian concrete (Nico Velo) and Stainless steel tanks, with each fermentation vessel contributing to the finesse and bright fruit evident in this wine. The wine was aged in 225L, French oak barrels for approximately 10 to 12moths. No new oak was used for aging this wine.
Harvest yield was slightly higher than initially expected even with 2017 being the second consecutive dry and hot year. Cooler nights during the growing season and the absence of heatwaves in February, ensured more even ripening and helped to buffer against the drought. The dry conditions resulted in healthy vineyards with smaller berries giving us good colour and flavour concentration.
Origin of Fruit
The grapes for the Syrah are all from vineyards located on our Riebeeksrivier farm in the Swartland. Fermentation took place in a combination of Italian concrete and Stainless steel tanks, with each fermentation vessel contributing to the finesse and fruit evident in this wine. The wine was aged in 225L, French oak barrels for approximately 10 to 12moths. No new oak was used for aging this wine.
With 2015 being the start of the drought in SA, smaller yields were observed which promised exceptional wines and from our experience, it did not disappoint! 2015 is widely been regarded as one of the best vintages in decades in South Africa thus far. The wines typically show a lot of structure and depth with good aging potential.
Origin of Fruit
Appealing aromas of granadilla and grapefruit zest with a tinge of peach blossom.
Subtle whiffs of orange blossom, lime zest, vanilla cream and a light biscuit note.
Delicate orange blossom oral notes overlay more distinctive creamy citrus peel on the nose.
Enticing stone fruit aromas - nectarine and peach with a tinge of honeyed almonds.
Complex nose with apricot and nectarine brushed by a dusty gravel element and just a hint of floral perfume
Bright citrus aromas of lime and lemon underpin nectarine abundance.
Parel Vallei Farmstead
Attractive cherry fruitcake and black berry aromas tinged with a faint hint of choc mint.
Aromatics of Fynbos with herbaceous whiffs, extending to plum and dark fruit characteristics on the nose. Hints of lavender are evident too.
Appealing spicy dark fruit: black cherry with cedar and a hint of tobacco.
Appealing aromas of spicy fruitcake, black cherry, blackcurrant and cedar.
Bold raspberry and youngberry aromas which mingle with a deeper leather nuance.