The single vineyard which supplies the grapes for the PepperWind Syrah is on a cool site in the Franschhoek Wine Appellation, which is exposed to cooling afternoon breezes. The vines are trellised. In summer all unnecessary shoots and leaves are removed for better sun penetration on the bunches. At veraison, the time when the grapes turn from green to red, uneven ripening bunches are removed. The grapes, when at perfect ripeness, are hand harvested into small bins to protect the integrity of the bunches. The skins as left in the juice to extract maximum colour, fruit and flavour extraction. After alcoholic fermentation, pressing takes place and the wine is taken to second and third fill French Oak Barrels for 18 months. Here malolactic fermentation takes place. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
From a heavy glass Burgundy shaped bottle, close with natural cork. The label, like all of those from The Old Road Wine Company. Is quirky and fun. In the glass, the wine is a deep opaque bloodplum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the rim. The aromas, to me were all about red and black berries and plums, with an undertow of green peppercorns. The palate has an excellent line of acidity running through it from entry to the long slowly waning aftertaste. The palate is rich and generous, sappy bright fruit melds with the soft tannins, the oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla, a good grind of black pepper and river stone minerality. A wine of stature. Will improve with a couple of years of cool cellaring.
The Old Road Wine Company PepperWind Single Vineyard Syrah 2017, for me I an excellent food partner wine. You want something fairly robust in flavour to pair with the wine. Alida Ryder’s Sticky BBQ Ribs answers the call. Click HERE for her recipe.
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