Minimalist Wines Connect the Dots Syrah 2022
Exploring the diversity of Syrah planted in cool micro-climates of the Cape is my passion and this label represents another step in my never-ending search to find the best sites in the Winelands. Working closely with farmers who share my fervour for Syrah and precision viticulture, the idea is provide a snap-shot of Cape Syrah in a given year and to fuse the results in a bottle. In other words, to Connect The Dots.
Winemaking and Maturation
We harvest in the cool, early hours of the morning. After gentle foot-stomping and crushing, the Agulhas fruit was fermented one-third whole-bunch, Elgin 15% wholebunch and Stellenbosch 100% wholebunch. Natural fermentation gets underway, at its own pace, in a combination of open and closed fermenters. Once complete, we macerate gently with a single, daily pump over and punchdown.
“The nose shows a little roasted coffee-like reduction before red and black berries, olive and hints of pepper and spice while the palate has impressive depth and texture given a moderate alcohol of 13.5% – layers of subtle flavour, moderate acidity and soft, powdery tannins.” – Christian Eedes
Those who are familiar with our earlier vintages will recognise that a new ‘dot’ has been added to this label, signifying this addition of fruit from Agulhas to the blend. This year, the composition is: 84% Elgin (Niemandsrivier) 9% Agulhas, 7% Stellenbosch.