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Rustenberg

There is a lot going on in this Syrah and it will benefit from several years in bottle.

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The name Buzzard Kloof comes from the buzzards that can be seen circling the thermal currents above the kloof (ravine) within which the vineyard is situated.

The wine exhibits an enticing nose of pepper, violets and ripe berry fruits which follow through to a well-structured and lengthy palate with fine-grained tannins.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.6 g/L

pH

3.47

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Shiraz (Syrah)

HARVEST DATE

March 2015

BOTTLED DATE

December 2016

FINED USING

Egg white

TIME IN OAK

20 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

The cold wet winter of 2014 started early and ended late, which is ideal for the vineyards’ dormancy; however an unseasonably cool spring resulted in the vines going into summer with 10 to 40% less crop than usual. The remainder of the season was warm and dry resulting in one of the earliest harvests on record. Zero disease pressure and small crops of fantastic ripe fruit combined with high natural acids make this potentially the vintage of the decade.

Vinification details

Grapes were hand-picked and crushed and de-stemmed on arriving at the winery. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with regular pump overs and an extended maceration of up to seven days. After primary fermentation the wine was transferred to oak barriques (40% new French and American oak; 60% second- and third-fill) for 20 months’ maturation.

Awards

Veritas 2017: Gold
Wine Advocate: 91 pts
Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts
IWSC 2017: Silver Outstanding
IWC 2017: Silver
DWWA 2017: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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This is an excellent Stellenbosch Shiraz.

eRobertParker.com

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The name Buzzard Kloof comes from the buzzards that can be seen circling the thermal currents above the kloof (ravine) within which the vineyard is situated.

The wine exhibits an enticing nose of pepper, violets and ripe berry fruits which follow through to a well-structured and lengthy palate with fine-grained tannins.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.3 g/L

pH

3.71

ACIDITY

5.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Shiraz (Syrah)

HARVEST DATE

March 2012

BOTTLED DATE

December 2013

FINED USING

Egg white

TIME IN OAK

20 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

After a wet, cold winter there was plenty of water available when required in the mild summer months to ensure that the vineyards matured naturally, without undue stress. During the harvest, perfect phenolic ripeness was achieved at low sugar levels with soft, ripe tannins in the reds.

Vinification details

Grapes were hand-picked and crushed and de-stemmed on arriving at the winery. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with regular pump overs and an extended maceration of up to seven days. After primary fermentation the wine was transferred to oak barriques (40% new French and American oak; 60% second- and third-fill) for 20 months’ maturation.

Awards

DWWA 2015: Silver
IWC 2015: Silver
IWSC 2015: Silver Outstanding
Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts
eRobertParker.com: 92 pts
Veritas: Gold

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

Have a trade enquiry?
Contact us to discuss