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Torero, Pasiphaë Syrah 2022

The owner of Torero, Fernando Rueda, sites his Mediterranean heritage as inspiration for the wines he seeks to make – hence the varietal choice of Carignan and Syrah (and potentially a Grenache in the pipeline). Fernando and the wildly talented Angus Paul share winemaking duties.

Grapes for this Syrah are sourced from a vineyard of undisputed pedigree; it produces the Sons of Sugarland, Boschkloof Epilogue and Van Loggerenberg Graft. The vines are situated at roughly 300m above sea level, are east facing (the only one in the region) and frequently covered in cloud. The soil consists of decomposed Polkadraai granite, high in quartz silicate. All of these factors closely emulate the Cote Rotie.

100% of the grapes were kept as whole-bunches and placed in an open top bin, foot-stomped and then fermented. One pump-over was done per day in order to maintain cap health. After fermentation the wine was pressed and transferred to old 500l French oak barrels where it spent 10 months and underwent malolactic fermentation.

This Stellenbosch Syrah vineyard located on Karibib has very quickly risen into significance as it produces some of the best Syrah in the country – perpetually covered in clouds, the vineyard sits at the top of Karibib against a strip of fynbos, 300m above sea level. The vines lie in coarse decomposed Polkadraai granite, high in quartz silicate which makes for fast draining soils and concentrated grapes – characteristically peppery, filled with herbal aromatics such as juniper, thyme, lavender and violets.

£29.15

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Stellenbosch

Shiraz / Syrah

LightFull Bodied

Description

Composition: 100% Syrah
Production: 1292 x 750ml, 28 x 1500ml
Bottling Date: 16 December 2022
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Vineyards
This Stellenbosch Syrah vineyard located on Karibib has very quickly risen into significance as it produces some of the best Syrah in the country – perpetually covered in clouds, the vineyard sits at the top of Karibib against a strip of fynbos, 300m above sea level. The vines lie in coarse decomposed Polkadraai granite, high in quartz silicate which makes for fast draining soils and concentrated grapes – characteristically peppery, filled with herbal aromatics such as juniper, thyme, lavender and violets.
The vineyard lies on a steep east facing slope – the only in the region – which reduces afternoon sunlight to a minimum. The sight has a comparative solar radiation level to that of the Cote Rotie.

Winemaking & Maturation
Grapes are handpicked and cooled overnight, the following morning the grapes were placed in an open-top bin to ferment. 100% of the grapes were kept whole-bunch and crushed in the traditional foot-stomping method.
Fermentation and maceration took place over 10 days, with one pump-over per day taking place to sustain cap health, not to extract further. After fermentation the wine was replaced into old 500L French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation was spontaneous and in Autumn the wine was sulphured for the first time.
The wine was bottled on the 16th December 2022 after spending approximately 10 months in barrel.

Technical Details
Alcohol: 14.37%
Residual Sugar: 1.02g/l
Titratable Acidity: 4.75g/l
Total SO2: 52
pH: 3.81

Additional information

Alcohol vol

14.4%

Grape

Shiraz / Syrah

Origin

Stellenbosch

Vintage

2022

Wine Farm

Beef wellington with a generous crack of black pepper and beef jus.

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