Tamboerskloof Syrah 2005

grapes Shiraz
– Clones 174, 300, 470, 747
– 78.4% ex Kleinood (Stellenbosch)
– 16% ex Paarl
– Clones VR 642 –4% ex Wellington
– Clones MT 11 –1.6% 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 5 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% volume, Total Acid 5.76 g/l, pH 3.59, Residual Sugar 3.14 g/l
cellaring potential 6 years
winemakers comments Dark ruby colour. Inviting, complex nose with red berries, plums and supportive fynbos, white pepper and spicy flavours. Well balanced palate that confirms the nose with firm tannin and a lingering peppery aftertaste. Decant 30min prior to serving.
recommended food pairing Foie gras, ostrich fillet and venison