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Producer: Lismore Estate VineyardsGrape Varieties: 100% SyrahOptimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Elegant yet structured redAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: DiamCountry: South Africa
An elegant, perfumed and bright Syrah with notes of white pepper and classic garrigue together with a distinctive background of tapenade. Beautifully textured and mouthfilling Syrah expression.
Californian Samantha O'Keefe has found paradise and the perfect terroir. Tucked into the foothills of a dramatic mountain range at the bottom of Africa, Lismore Estate Vineyards was born alongside her nascent family. A passionate vision, combined with vines planted at 300 metres, which are chilled by winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun, produces classic, cool climate wines which are rich, complex and lovingly hand crafted.
2018 saw drought conditions, which limited incidences of pests or disease. The Lismore vines are dry farmed and with below average rainfall in the region, the microclimate of the Lismore vineyard, which is close to the mountain, came into its own and produced enough water to relieve the parched earth. Despite frost and snow at the beginning of spring, the vines rallied and produced good coverage for berry formation due to the subsequent warm, dry weather and sufficient water supply during flowering. Small berries were produced at harvest with excellent colour and flavour concentration.
Having pioneered a new extreme cool climate region in South Africa, Samantha chose to release an Estate Reserve range to illustrate what the vineyards are capable of. The wines are produced from very low yielding vines and taste like no others grown in South Africa. The vineyard is planted at 300 metres above sea level, in the foothills of the Sonderend Mountain Range. The vines are grown in decomposed shale over clay soils and are dry farmed, which contributes to the deep concentration in the wine. Low mean temperatures during February contribute to an extended ripening period, resulting in a harvest period which can be three to four weeks later than traditional wine growing regions in South Africa.
Vinified using minimal intervention, allowing the wine to showcase this special terroir. 40% of the grapes were whole bunch pressed, and the juice was slowly extracted. The juice was cold settled for 48 hours followed by fermentation with a 28 extended maceration to ensure the desired level of extraction and structure was imparted. The wine was matured in 500 litre Burgundian barrels of which 35% were new for 11 months.
The Lismore Estate Reserve Syrah is an elegant, perfumed and bright, with notes of white pepper, classic garrigue and perfumed floral notes of crushed violets. Light and graceful yet structured, this is a crystal clear expression of extreme cool climate Syrah.
Ideal with simple lamb dishes, wood-fired pigeon or a cheese platter.
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