Wines  Noble Hill Syrah 2012

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Our Syrah shows <i>umami</i> in spades: a velvety structure with fine tannins, black pepper, and olive purée. We add a bit of Mourvèdre 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    Paarl    Simonsberg-Paarl

  • 87%

    Syrah

      11%

    Mourvèdre

      2%

    Viognier

     
  • Production

      64 barrels
  • Award

      4 Stars, Platter's South African Wine Guide
  • Award

      86 points, Wine Spectator
  • Award

      Veritas Awards Bronze Medal

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

A cold winter in 2012 gave the vines an ample dormancy period before fruiting. Relatively fast ripening during the late summer contributed to the wine’s richness and fresh fruit aromas.

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 2020 or beyond. Some sedimentation may occur in bottle.

  • Alcohol

      14.0%
  • Alcohol

      14.2% %
  • Origin

      Simonsberg-Paarl
  • pH

      3.65
  • Residual sugar

      2.3 g/l g/l
  • Total acid

      5.7 g/l g/l

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