Our small batch Syrah is youthful and vibrant with fresh summer mulberries, violet florals and a fine thread of white pepper. The palate is bright, textural and primary showing summer berry coulis, with some driving, salivating acidity thanks to the whole bunches, finishing with fine dusty tannins and even a note of chalky limestone and coastal minerality.
The Wangolina vineyard is situated in the Mount Benson region within the Limestone Coast Zone. Mount Benson is a cool and coastal terrior, heavily influenced by the Bonney Upwelling, where the cold currents of the Great Southern Ocean rise to the surface and in combination with the prevailing south easterly winds, providing a cooling effect during the January-March ripening season. This Upwelling enables the capture of vibrant aromatics and allows for better natural acid retention in the grapes.
Plains and low rises with mostly shallow silica sands over calcrete. Soils are well-drained, mainly alkaline with low inherent fertility and are susceptible to non-wetting properties and wind erosion.
Approximately 55% whole bunch inclusion, remaining grapes are destemmed into the fermenter to maintain some whole berry inclusion. The wine was hand plunged on skins for 14 days with a peak fermentation temperature of 26 degrees Celsius. Pressed off at dryness.
Matured in oak for 10 months followed by bottle age.