De Grendel, Op Die Berg Syrah 2020

960 metres above sea level, high on the Witzenberg Mountain in Ceres, these vines are blessed with incredible climatic conditions.

Cool nights and warm days allow for slow ripening, leading to deliciously concentrated fruit, with a clear cool-climate influence.

This wine is deep purple in the glass, and deliciously full-bodied on the palate. There are flavours of cracked black pepper, rosemary, all-spice and lean black fruit.

An extremely elegant wine, with smooth, ripe, well-integrated tannins and utter finesse. Certainly one that needs decanting for an hour, to really open up.

91pts | IWSC 2022

£28.20

In stock

Ceres Plateau, Durbanville

Shiraz / Syrah

LightFull Bodied

Description

The Vintage
High on the Witzenberg Mountain range in Ceres, at an altitude of 960 meters above sea level, this unique ‘appellation’ exhibits South Africa’s only truly continental climate with winter temperatures frequently dropping below freezing. The cooler night-time temperatures and hotter daytime temperatures during the growing season results in slower ripening and more concentrated fruit. Ceres fruit displays surprising cooler climate characteristics in comparison to other regions of the Western Cape.

Viticulture
Well-drained, soft, yellow shale soils. In winter, the vineyard soil is often covered with a layer of snow which provides the perfect conditions for dormancy of the vines, a much-needed resting and recovery period before the growth season starts.

Vinification
Wine was made in a open fermenter with half whole clusters and half destalked, using the pneumatic punch down method. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks. Next, the wine was transferred to 2nd, 3d and 4th fill French Oak barrels for 12 months’ maturation prior to blending and bottling.

TastingNotes
Vibrant purple hues in the glass. The aromatic intensity of the nose evokes nuances of sweet cranberries and a liberal dose of white pepper, so typical of cool climate Syrah. Full bodied on the palate, this Syrah is a marriage of sweet red fruit and blackberry pastilles, layered with white pepper and spice. The lingering finish shows good balance between fruit and oak.

Food Complements
Braised beef shortribs, pepperoni or salami pizza, and venison Bourguignon.

Additional information

Alcohol vol

13.5%

Grape

Shiraz / Syrah

Origin

Ceres Plateau

Vintage

2020

Wine Farm

Braised beef short ribs with plenty of freshly cracked black pepper.

1 review for De Grendel, Op Die Berg Syrah 2020

  1. 91pts | IWSC 2022

    Leather and rocket leaf combine with mulberry and plum. Precise tannins, balanced fruits spices and freshness. Brimming with typicity and allowing meat spices to create a mouth-watering lengthy finish.

    IWSC 2022

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