Almenkerk

Syrah 1.5L

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1.5 L (Magnum)

2011


Cultivar:

100% Syrah/Shiraz

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

Silver - Decanter 89 Points - Tim Atkin

Specifications:

13.63% alc vol Sugar g/l: 2.6
Type: Red Wine Cellaring Potential: 10 yrs
Origin: Elgin Appellation: Elgin

Tasting Notes:

The Almenkerk Syrah 2014has an upfront nose of blackberry & blackcurrant, underbuilt by savoury, meaty charactersand a definite elegance that reflects Elgin. Complemented by gentle wooding & earthy and spicy tones.The violet undertones give away its cool climate origin.The palate shows clean fruit, spicy, meaty characters. It has a firm, medium-fullbodied structure with a lingering finish.

Blackcurrant
Blackcurrant

Blackberry
Blackberry

Game
Game

Spices
Spices

Almenkerk is nestled in the Elgin Valley surrounded by apple orchards and produces some of the most unique expressions of traditional varieties we have found to date. The Almenkerk family emigrated to South Africa in 2002 with the aim of following their passion for wine, and have since, firmly established themselves as forces in the local industry.

The grapes used to make this wine are all from the same block: Liesel, named after the eldest sister of the van Almenkerk family. The block consist of 3 different clones (SH07,SH09,SH22) which each contribute different characteristics to the wine. Our reds get extended hang-time in this cool climate, resulting in fully ripe fruit flavours without getting overripe flavours or extravagant alcohol levels. The rows are north- south facing to achieve optimal solar interception while allowing for the prevailing winds to cool down the vineyard. Meticulous canopy management and precision viticulture are employed to obtain optimum ripeness.

The grapes are allowed to soak (cold maceration) for 4 days until the cooling is turned off and natural fermentation starts. Fermentation typically takes 7-10 days at temperatures of 25-28°C. After alcoholic fermentation the wine is left on the skins for 2-3 weeks, during which the secondary (malolactic) fermentation takes place.

The wine is then gently pressed and gravity- fed into small French oak barriques (225L) to mature for 18 months. During this period all reds are assessed and assigned to a range. Only the best barrels get selected for the Almenkerk range.

Food pairing

Pairs excellently with reds meats, reductions sauces and refined stews or can be enjoyed on its own.

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