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Producer: Swartland WineryGrape Varieties: Syrah 100%Optimum Drinking: Within 6 yearsWine Style: Complex spicy redAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: South Africa
A forthcoming, complex nose with an earthy bouquet of forest floor, spices, sweet scented violets and an earthy smokiness complemented by red berry fruit. Beautifully full and complex flavours of cinnamon, white pepper and cherries follow through. Lively red berry fruits are matched by firm tannins for a well balanced wine.
Big open skies, arid deserts, the vast flowing landscape, with its unforgiving climate and rugged bush vines, this is wild country, this is Swartland. The contrast with manicured Constantia and oh-so-cool Stellenbosch could not be greater. But right now, Swartland is the most exciting wine region in South Africa. A new wave of winemakers are making ground-breaking wines from Rhône varietals and it is part of a revolution that has got everybody talking. The Swartland Winery is producing iconic and award winning wines in this fashionable and dynamic region, and have created a unique, distinctive and expressive wine range that has been masterfully blended for the UK palate.
The 2013 vintage in Swartland was characterised by a wet winter and a warm summer. The risk of rot during harvest time was threatened by the humid weather conditions, but the growers who successfully waited for drier conditions have produced quality reds.
From the carefully selected vineyards in Paardeburg, to the Rhône style varietals grown in Babylon's Peak, minimal intervention and environmentally friendly farming practices are paramount. Sowing cover crops between the vines provides protection from the winter rains and also maintains the valuable mineral content, nutrients and moisture during the hot summers. 80% of the vineyards are small bush vines with an average yield of six tonnes per hectare; the quality of fruit is exceptional. The wines created here are truly expressive of pure origin and the vibrant terroir from which they hail.
This wine complements rich risottos, crispy pork belly and richly flavoured meat dishes.
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