This boutique Stellenbosch winery (> 900 cs/yr) focuses on Rhone varietals and is 3 km from the Atlantic Ocean. Rare for the area, Winemaker Bernhard Bredell focuses on purity, and follows organic, dry farming, with minimal intervention practices. His vision is to restore his seven-generation wine farming roots, sustainably.
Oldworld, medium bodied. Focus on the purity Syrah can offer with soft grainy lighter tannins and spicyness. Deep magenta to light purple hue. Curated to highlight the uniqueness of these specific vines and soil type fit to this cultivar and clone. Aiming at a purer expression of the cultivar itself by means of natural vinification methods (no additives or alterations to the juice or wine, except trace amounts of sulphites. No filtration and no fining). Just Syrah from a unique vineyard and terroir on the south-west slopes of the Helderberg mountain. 2018 holds an exciting new vineyard, other than the one from 2017 that has been pulled out.
Keeping it gentle in the cellar. A blend between two separate fermentations. One half was done with 100% stems intact with the grapes, crushed and foot trotted, and the other half only 30% wholeclusters and rest destemmed. Natural spontaneous fermentation that lasted over 2 weeks and left for 1 week post fermentation. Then basket pressed directly to barrel and aged on its lees for 10 months in old (5th fill) french oak barrels. Blended and gravity settled before being hand bottled without fining or filtration.
From the winemaker: Syrah has a unique expression from the Lower Helderberg. There are also not many Syrah vines here, and this is one of the notorius viticultural gems situated here. I leased a portion in this vineyard after the bushvine vineyard from the maiden 2017 vintage got ripped out in end of 2017. This rattled me as that block was very special to me. But hope dies last and I was extremely excited to have an oppertunity open up to buy/lease into this famous Helderberg Syrah vineyard which I now made this 2018 vintage from. Still remembering the ripped out bushvines for their "Swanesang" (Swonsong - Last performance) with Scions of Sinai in 2017, so I kept the name in respect to them.