Tamboerskloof Syrah 2004

grapes Shiraz
– Clones 174, 300, 470, 747
– 75% ex Kleinood (Stellenbosch)
– 18.1% ex Paarl
Viognier
– Clones VR 642 –6.9% ex Wellington
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 4 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. Ferment at 28ºC for 14 days.
maturation prior to release 12 - 14 months in 500 liter French oak barrels and 12 months in 750ml bottles
wine analysis Alcohol 14.5% volume, Total Acid 6.5 g/l, pH 3.49, Residual Sugar 3.0 g/l
cellaring potential 4-5 years
winemakers comments Complex nose with raspberries, violets, white pepper and a slight spiciness. Full bodied and a good structure which makes for a very well-balanced wine with nice ripe tannins and good acidity. Very good interaction between wine and oak, resulting in a unique, elegant wine.
recommended food pairing Chicken liver, seared tuna and roasted duck