Wines  Noble Hill Syrah 2010

Other recent vintages:  2017   2016   2015   2014   All vintages

Our Syrah shows <i>umami</i> in spades: a velvety structure with fine tannins, black pepper, and olive pur&eacute;e. We add a bit of Mourv&egrave;dre and Viognier to bring out the grape’s subtle floral aromas & earthy notes. Perfect for roast meat or venison.

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  • South Africa    Coastal Region    Simonsberg-Paarl

  • 86%

    Syrah

      11%

    Mourvèdre

      3%

    Viognier

     
  • Production

      45 barrels
  • Award

      Bronze Medal, Old Mutual Wine Show

In the Vines

This is our largest planting by area, with three vineyards totaling six hectares. Each vineyard has distinct character in terms of its elevation, aspect, soil, rootstock, and clone which gives us flexibility in creating deep, complex, and balanced wines. Syrah is exceptionally well-suited to our microclimate and thrives in the granite rich soils that dominate our landscape.

Late ripening in the 2010 vintage gave the grapes ample time to develop soft tannins and a deep, rich texture.

The Wine

At harvest, fruit is hand-sorted twice, lightly crushed, and cold soaked for nearly a week before the start of fermentation. This allows the flavours and colours contained within the skins to soak into the wine gently and naturally. The wine is oxygenated daily via remontage and délestage before being racked into 225l French oak barrels at the end of primary fermentation. The wine remained in barrel during malolactic fermentation and for 18 months of maturation before bottling.

This Syrah reminds us of toasty black cherries, liquorice, and dark chocolate: a perfect match for rich flavours. The wine is smooth and balanced to delight the connoisseur and convert the newcomer. The oak is well-integrated and will age ideally through 2018 or beyond.

  • Alcohol

      14.0%
  • Alcohol

      14.5% %
  • Origin

      Simonsberg-Paarl
  • pH

      3.46
  • Residual sugar

      5.0 g/l g/l
  • Total acid

      6.2 g/l g/l

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