KEERMONT SYRAH 2013 is a blend of three different Syrah vineyard sites growing on Keermont Vineyards: Steepside Syrah: Growing on a North facing slope in deep, red clay-rich soils; this vineyard generally produces powerful full bodied wines with rich, spicy flavours. Topside Syrah: An unirrigated west facing vineyard planted at 400m above sea level on rocky sandstone-based soil. Topside Syrah is usually a more aromatic wine with good structure and natural acid. Sweetwater Syrah: Situated in a rocky valley below the Fleurfontein spring, this is the coolest of the three Syrah sites and ripens the latest. Sweetwater Syrah is normally lighter and elegant in style with a herbal aroma. The red wines produced in 2013 were generally lightly structured, so we added some Steepside Mourvedre 2012 to the blend in order to bring some weight to the mid-pallet and a little aromatic complexity.
All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Small parcels of grapes are specifically selected according to ripeness, harvested by hand and vinified separately. This process is carried out gently and naturally in open top fermenters using traditional methods only. This wine spent 20 months maturing in seasoned 500 Litre French oak barrels before being bottled by hand without filtration on 4 December 2014. Due to the very small crop we only produced 5147 bottles and 62 magnums.
Vintage Report: Generally, 2013 was a very good growing season. It started with a cold and wet winter and rainy spring. We faced the usual challenges at budburst with the mountain wildlife feeding on the young buds as well as strong winds and even a serious hail storm. Things were going well until the end of November when we were hammered by three consecutive days of ferocious Easterly winds. The vines were completely sandblasted losing leaves, bunches and shoots in the process. We estimated about sixty per cent of our crop was lost to the wind. The rest of the season was focussed on nursing the vines back to good health and trying to protect the remaining crop. Dry weather during the midseason punctuated by heat spikes led to harvest starting early. Heavy rain increased the disease pressure and we had to harvest the early varieties quickly to avoid loss to rot. Ripening slowed considerably after the rain and we harvested the 51 tons of grapes that had survived the wind under relatively calm conditions.
Alc: 14 %
TA: 5.3 g/L
RS: 2.2 g/L
TSO2: 76 mg/L
VA: 0.68 g/L