Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah 2010

grapes 100% Syrah – Clone SH470 – Ex Kleinood (Stellenbosch)
aspect Faces North
altitude 198 m above MSL
distance from sea 18 km
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 17 days.
maturation prior to release 20 months in 300 litre French oak barrels 25% first, 20% second and the rest third fill.
bottled 8 February 2012
wine analysis Alcohol 14,5 % volume Total Acid 5.9 g/l pH 3.46 Residual Sugar 3,1 g/l
cellaring potential 10 to 15 years
winemakers comments The Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah 2010 is a well structured and balanced, opaque, purple-black coloured Syrah with a magenta rim and deep intensity. The nose develops with medium, but pronounced intensity showing pure, red and black berry fruit, rose hip as well as savoury, meaty notes, followed by berry-pastille fruit and complex spices on the palate. The wine finishes dry with great depth of flavour, elegant structure, 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 smoky spices as well as sweeter dishes of pork, duck or spiced Asian styled dishes accompanied by plum sauces.