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False Bay Old School Syrah
£7.50
Very smart varietal Syrah, savoury but polished and seriously appealing. Dark garnet with a violet rim. Fresh lifted berry fruit that draws you in! Full yet elegant with bramble aromas and cream, cassis and black cherry flavours on the palate with structure provided by fine tannins with a long rich, ripe finish.


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Named after Cape Town’s False Bay – geographically on the other side of the city to Table Bay - it’s this large sweeping bay that’s in full view from the famous Waterkloof estate where the wine is made. The False Bay range further extends the property’s portfolio, with wines that offer character and capture the Cape terroir and place at an affordable, everyday price. Fruit is sourced from across the Cape and the wines are crafted by a passionate team led by winemaker Nadia Barnard, a traditionalist at heart and custodian of the Waterkloof Cellar.

Vineyards
False Bay Vineyards look for vineyard sites that could produce wines with notable elegance and freshness, allied with a fine texture. The grapes are sourced from the Swartland and Paardeberg regions. The Swartland region is well known for its shale soils which allow for good drainage. This encourages the roots to go digging for moisture and ensures a naturally lower yield. These wines have a great tannin structure and supple fruit. To add to the blend, a site on the mountain slopes of the Paardeberg was selected as it was higher up and rooted in decomposed granite soils, which lend an elegant side to our wine combined with lovely fruit acidity.

Vinification
Syrah adapts well to various climate conditions and can thus be grown in numerous regions of the word, resulting in a diverse spectrum of styles. False Bay Vineyards look for vineyard sites that could produce wines with notable elegance and freshness, allied with a fine texture. The grapes are sourced from the Swartland and Paardeberg regions. The Swartland region is well known for its shale soils which allow for good drainage. This encourages the roots to go digging for moisture and ensures a naturally lower yield. These wines have a great tannin structure and supple fruit. To add to the blend, a site on the mountain slopes of the Paardeberg was selected as it was higher up and rooted in decomposed granite soils, which lend an elegant side to our wine combined with lovely fruit acidity. Made by Waterkloof's talented young Cellarmaster, Nadia Barnard. From the 2016 vintage they upgraded their fruit source for this wine, with the grapes now coming primarily from the more coastal hills of Stellenbosch. Our old school Syrah is not a jam soup, with toasted oak chips added for mocha flavour. Balanced grapes are hand harvested, then the juice is fermented spontaneously with wild yeast (partially whole-bunch) and raised in large wooden casks (or 'foudre' en Francais). An homage to the savoury, wild, yet elegant renditions from Paul Boutinot's ancestral lands (we don't mean Stockport). No additions other than sulphur as a preservative. Grown, made and bottled in South Africa.

Tasting Notes
Very smart varietal Syrah, savoury but polished and seriously appealing. Dark garnet with a violet rim. Fresh lifted berry fruit that draws you in! Full yet elegant with bramble aromas and cream, cassis and black cherry flavours on the palate with structure provided by fine tannins with a long rich, ripe finish.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Name False Bay Old School Syrah
Country South Africa
Region Western Cape
ABV% 14%
Vintage 2017
Grape Variety 100% Syrah
Size 750ml
Dietary Information Suitable for Vegetarians, Suitable for Vegans
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