Oldenburg Vineyards, Syrah 2019
Oldenburg; a hot topic from a cool climate. Anyone who knows anything about South African wine should have Oldenburg fully on their radar – they are producing outrageously good wine and have, very arguably, the most beautiful tasting room to visit in the Cape. Oldenburg, situated in the Banghoek Valley of Stellenbosch, has one of the coolest microclimates in the region. A combination of a mountain amphitheatre, high altitude and cooling winds result in growing conditions about 5 degrees cooler than the rest of Stellenbosch.
Oldenburg aims to best reflect their remarkable terroir through the Oldenburg Vineyards (OV) range of wines – a range of single cultivar wines. There is minimal intervention in the vineyards and the wines are made in an uncompromising manner.
Hand harvested and hand sorted to ensure that only the best fruit makes its way into the bottle. Whole berry fermentation took place, using only natural yeasts, in two batches – the first batch was 30% whole bunch and the second was 100% whole bunch. Punch downs were used 1 – 3 times per day for optimal extraction. 14 months of maturation, in 300L and 500L French oak (25% new), followed fermentation. The wine was bottled unfiltered and unfined.
A bouquet of red fruit – red cherries, rhubarb and cranberries – are interwoven with spicier notes of black pepper, lavender, parmesan shavings and grapefruit pith. Refreshingly light in alcohol with a delicate grip from the whole bunch and 25% new wood.
Shiraz / Syrah
Composition: 100% Syrah
Harvest: 19 – 28 February 2019 at 22.5 Balling
Technical Data: Alc: 12.3%, RS: 1.4g/l, TA: 5.2g/l, pH: 3.56
Maturation: 14 months in 300L and 500L French oak barrels
At Oldenburg Vineyards, we believe that great wines can only come from the best quality grapes. Our intervention in the vineyards is minimal, to reflect the full potential of our mountain terroir. The Oldenburg Vineyards Series is a true expression of terroir through our range of single cultivar wines. The confluence of the 8 Natural Elements that determine our unique terroir is explored through these wines and their real sense of place. The 8 elements are depicted on the intricate Oldenburg Vineyards Series label design. Wines made in an uncompromising manner, intending to showcase the finest characteristics of each cultivar.
WINEMAKING / MATURATION
Grapes were harvested and sorted carefully by hand, and cold soaked overnight before fermentation was initiated. The wine is a combination of two whole berry ferments. The first small lot was 30% whole bunch and the second 100% whole bunch. Must was allowed to ferment naturally. Punch downs were performed 1 – 3 times daily and the wines was racked twice during fermentation. It has been bottled unfined and unfiltered. Wines were matured for 14 months in 300l and 500L French oak barrels (25% new oak).
This wine showcases a deeper ruby colour than in past vintages, thanks to the generous use of whole bunch fermentation. An inviting perfume on the nose, with generous amounts of red cherries, cranberries and rhubarb. Slightly more savoury elements of parmesan shavings and grapefruit pith add texture to the wine. On the palate, the wine displays an elegant finesse, with a juicy acidity, and an understated body that carries the red fruits incredibly well. The gentle finish and structure makes for a wine that could be paired with a plethora of dishes.
While winter had a late start, it was characterised by good rainfall, leading to an even bud break. A turbulent start to flowering season improved towards the onset of summer. Warmer weather in November contributed to even vineyard growth. A moderate January and February was followed by an initially hot February, while cool and wet conditions dominated from the end of February through March, creating challenging harvest conditions. Despite the wetter conditions, our microclimate allowed the grapes to achieve ideal ripeness.
Shiraz / Syrah
Barbequed pork ribs- and don’t be scared to get a bit of char on the ribs from the flames!