Solace Syrah, 2018
Bramble and red berry fruit, full of spice, white pepper and floral notes. Supple, energetic and lightly rich palate with fine tannins matched by plenty of fruit.
Meet the maker: Iona
Region: Elgin, Cape South Coast – South Africa
Grape(s): Syrah (100%)
13.5% ABV / 750ml / Vegetarian / Vegan / Organic
From a single vineyard site on Brocha soils and a south-facing aspect, planted with two different Syrah clones. Farmed according to organic and some biodynamic principles.
The grapes were hand harvested into small crates and spend overnight in a cold room. There was extensive bunch sorting by hand prior to destemming.
Fermentation was allowed to start naturally, with gentle punch downs twice a day by hand. Fermentation temperatures peaked at 32°C.
The wine spent 21 days on skin before the grapes were pressed and racked into old French oak barrels for 14 months.
During the winemaking process no enzymes, yeast or sulphur was used. The wine is not fined or filtered, and only a small amount of sulphur was added before bottling.