Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah 2012

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 26.5oC for 14 days.
maturation prior to release 15% new-, 35% second- and 50% third fill, for a period of 18 months.
bottled 19 March 2014
wine analysis Alcohol 14,5 % volume
Total Acid 5.75 g/l
pH 3.55
Residual Sugar 1,4 g/l
cellaring potential 10 years
winemakers comments The Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah 2012 is structured and balanced, has a garnet colour with a magenta rim and a deep intensity. The nose develops with medium, but pronounced intensity, showing pure ripe plum, maraschino cherries, mixed spice, cedar and cinnamon. On the palate, the wine is loaded with cassis, garrigue and meaty flavours and ends with a white pepper finish. The wine finishes in a medium plus body with great depth of flavour, elegant structure and firm, grainy tannins.
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.