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Bloemendal Syrah 2013

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Bloemendal originally made their name with one of South Africa's greatest sauvignon blancs. Now they've proved they can do equally as well with red varieties.

Just £15.75, this is a smooth, dark, cool-climate syrah that owes more to the great wines of the Northern Rhône than it does the New World - even the alcohol is a relatively modest 13.5%. And that is what this wine is all about - restraint and elegance.

The quality of this syrah is such that we fully expect to see it equalling the sauvignon blanc in fame. Make sure you pick yours up now as the price for future vintages from this boutique winery is only heading upwards!

About the wine

A wonderfully expressive cool-climate Syrah with dark fruit, smoky black olives and a touch of pepper and herb. Concentrated and densely flavoured, it has a lovely texture, depth and weight with a long aftertaste.

Handpicked grapes were de-stemmed and crushed at the cellar. The wine was fermented on the skins in open top fermenters for a period of 20 days with twice daily punch downs to assist extraction. After pressing, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in 300L French oak barrels for 16 months -  1st, 2nd and 3rd fill barrels were all used.

Winemaker: Christie Langeveldt
Appellation: Western Cape

Accolades:
- 90pts, The Wine Advocate
- 4/5 Stars, Platter's Wine Guide
- 4.4/5, Vivino Rating

Grapes: 100% Syrah
Vineyard: Bloemendal Vineyards
Cooperage: 16 months in French oak
ABV: 13.5%

About the winery

Bloemendal Wine Estate is situated in the fertile Durbanville Wine Valley. It was established in 1702 to provide fresh produce to Cape Town and the Dutch East Indian Company ships travelling on the spice route to and from India. 

The farm is 239 hectares in size which includes Kanonberg (Cannon Mountain) from where a cannon signalled to Cape Town that fresh produce was ready to collect. The hilltop has amazing views of False Bay and Table Mountain. 

The first wine cellar was built in 1920 by Jannie van der Westhuizen and Bloemendal was registered as an Estate in 1987. Vineyard plantings on the estate are mainly French cultivars with the focus on Sauvignon Blanc. An iconic wine was created by Bloemendal in the Suider-Terras Sauvignon Blanc (Southern Slope) gaining world-wide recognition for its superior quality since the first bottling in 1987. Many winemakers have commented that this site is one of the best for Sauvignon Blanc in South Africa. 

Although the farm can produce over 1000 tons of grapes, they work with selected vineyards and only use around 10% of the production for Bloemendal Wines. Wines are made in a small boutique cellar using old and new world methods to produce wines that reflect the terroir. 

In 2008, a private company bought the Estate and have placed the focus on establishing  the estate as a sought after producer amongst world wines.

About the vineyard

The deep red soils are predominantly heavy Hutton clay, with the remainder comprising Tukulu, Oakleaf and Westleigh soil types. They are deep, cool and well drained, but with good water retention, allowing minimal irrigation, so nature can take its course and let the terroir shine through. 

About the winemaker

Christie Langeveldt better known as Boetman, has been working for Bloemendal Estate for seventeen years. He was born in Malmesbury and came to Bloemendal as a young man straight after school. The previous owner of Bloemendal Estate, Jackie Coetzee, saw great potential in Boetman and roped him in to work in the cellar. At first Boetman was an assistant and helped with general labour in the cellar, but slowly got more involved with the winemaking process. In 2006 he became a full time winemaking assistant and calls that his first real harvest. 

He is very passionate about wine and keen to learn more and further his knowledge. In 2013 Francois Haasbroek started as consultant and took Boetman under his wing showing him new and innovative techniques to work with the Estates selected vineyards.  

 

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"The 2013 Syrah was picked in two lots. It has a refined redcurrant and pomegranate-scented nose with touches of undergrowth and lavender emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannin, a little chewy at first, but harmonious with licorice and black cherries towards the finish. This is not a powerful Syrah, but it has a sense of class that should be appreciated."
90 Points - The Wine Advocate

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"Plenty of potential in youthful 2013. Announced by heady white pepper, lily scents; currently palate tighter, less expressive, though all in balance to allow fruit to blossom with time."
4/5 Stars - Platter's Wine Guide

 

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