Tamboerskloof Syrah 2007

grapes Shiraz
– 90% – Clones 174, 300, 470, 747
– 7% – Clones MT 11
– 3% – Clones VR 642
aspect Faces North and West
altitude 172m to 198m above sea level
distance from sea 18km
soil type Tukulu/Kroonstad/Klapmuts/Witfontein
rootstock 101/14 & R99
age of vines 7 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 27ºC for 14 days.
maturation prior to release 20 months in 500 liter French oak barrels
bottled 13/1/2009
wine analysis Alcohol 14.5% volume Total Acid 5.3 g/l pH 3.55 Residual Sugar 2.2 g/l
cellaring potential 6 years
winemakers comments Dark ruby plum colour. Intense dark red berry flavours initially on the nose followed by hints of pepper, chocolate, spice and florals. Rich full entry on the palate with heaps of berry fruit flavours. Good complexity and integration of all flavours allowing fine elegant tannins to round off the wine. Decant one hour prior to serving.
recommended food pairing Chicken liver, ostrich fillet and venison.