Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah 2011

grapes 100% Syrah - Clone SH470 – Ex Kleinood (Stellenbosch)
aspect North Facing
altitude 198m above MSL
distance from sea 18km
soil type Tukulu
rootstock 101-14
age of vines 2001
trellising 7 Wire Perold System
pruning 2 Bud Spurs
winemaking record The grapes are hand picked from a select portion of a single vineyard block, hand sorted three times before going into stainless steel fermenters where a combination of state of the art winery technology and old-style winemaking techniques take care of designing this unique, hand crafted wine. Fermented at 26oC for 14 days.
maturation prior to release 300 litre French oak barrels, 20% new-, 30% second and 50% third fill, for a period of twenty months.
bottled 9 February 2013
wine analysis Alcohol 14,3 % volume Total Acid 5.8 g/l pH 3.57 Residual Sugar 3,1 g/l
cellaring potential 10 years
winemakers comments The Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah 2011 is a beautifully structured and balanced, dark-scarlet coloured Syrah with a magenta rim and a deep intensity. The nose develops with medium, but pronounced intensity, showing pure, red and black berry fruit, white pepper, plum preserve and chocolate éclair. On the palate, complex dry spices, loaded with complex plum and mulberry preserve with a white pepper finish. The wine finishes dry with great depth of flavour, elegant structure and firm tannins and a medium plus body.
recommended food pairing The wine pairs well with red meat and game flavoured with herbs, berry coulis or smokey spices as well as sweeter dishes of pork, duck or spiced Asian styled dishes accompanied by plum sauces.