Tamboerskloof Syrah 2012

grapes Shiraz – Clones 174, 300, 470, 747 – 95 % ex Kleinood (Stellenbosch) Mourvèdre – Clones MT 11 – 3% ex Kleinood (Stellenbosch) Viognier – Clones VR 642 – 2% ex Kleinood (Stellenbosch)
aspect Faces North and West
altitude 172m to 198m above MSL
distance from sea 18km
soil type Tukulu/Kroonstad/Klapmuts/Witfontein
rootstock 101/14 & R99
age of vines 12 years
trellising 7 Wire Perold System
pruning 2 bud spurs
winemaking record Hand-picked grapes, sorted 3 times before going into stainless steel fermenters where a combination of modern technology and old-style winemaking techniques takes care of designing our unique hand crafted wine. Fermented at 26 ˚C for 12 days.
maturation prior to release 20 months in 500 litre French oak barrels 17% first, 20% second, 33% third, 30% fourth and older
bottled 2nd February 2014
wine analysis Alcohol 14,5% volume Total Acid 5.7g/l pH 3.4 Residual Sugar 2.1g/l
cellaring potential 10 - 15 years from vintage
winemakers comments Ruby red in colour with a predominantly red fruit on the nose. A distinctly different vintage from the previous three vintages, the wine is rich but has more subtle palate flavours. It is a poised, elegant vintage that is distinguished by Tay Berry and Bramble berry aromas, delicate spice and some fresh meaty nuances. A sweet-fruited flavour and balanced fine tannins lead to a smooth delicious finish. Decant 30 minutes prior to serving.