Mountainside Syrah The Winery of Good Hope 2014
The Winery of Good Hope, Stellenbosch,
Based about 30 miles east of Cape Town in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. Here the vines are grown on well drained alluvial soils on hilly terrain with most vineyards lying at an elevation of about 100 metres in a sheltered valley. The vines also benefit from a Mediterranean climate with warm and dry growing seasons that are favourable in the production of high quality wines. Several parcels over two individual vineyard sites are used in the production of this particular Pinot Noir, the first at altitude on the cooler mountain slopes of Elgin, the second on the ocean-facing hilltop of Faure, in the Stellenbosch-Helderberg region. After rigorous hand-sorting in the winery and fermentation of the separate parcels, the wine is aged in open-top 'cuvées'(600 litre oak barrels) producing a clean and mineral Pinot with great minerality and a balanced acidity.
A fresh approach to Syrah from Stellenbosch, this wines derives its character largely from its elegant spice and fynbos aromas and an interesting combination of ripe red fruits and cured meat flavors, as well as a grippy, yet supple texture. In an age where Syrah is known for making big, polished and powerful, often sweet fruited wines, we have chosen the path less travelled by showing a restrained and subtle expression of one of the Cape’s most exciting varieties.
Grape: 100% Syrah