Oldenburg Syrah 2013 & Dianne Bibby’s Rosemary & Paprika Roast Chicken – 23.06.2017

Oldenburg Syrah 2013

Driving over the top of the Helshoogte on a sunny day brings a little tummy freeze at the beauty which lies before you.  Oldenburg Vineyards is part of that vista, part Alpine, part Stellenbosch, certainly majestic.

The Oldenburg Vineyard from which this wine draws its grapes is 13 years old and is planted on Oakleaf and Glenrosa Soils with drip irrigation available if required.

Oldenburg Tasting and Sales House

The Shiraz grapes for the Oldenburg Syrah 2013 are picked by hand with bunch sorting taking place in the vineyard and berry sorting in the cellar after destemming.  The grapes are then gently crushed and allowed a cold soak for three days before fermentation begins with the use of a special Syrah yeast.  Once fermented dry, the wine spends 18 months in a selection of French and American oak barrels before being prepared for bottling.

It looks like
Bottled in a Burgundy shaped bottle under natural cork closure.  The elegant Oldenburg livery is in black with the name of the wine in red.  In the glass, is it deep opaque plum ruby in colour which pales out to garnet at the rim.

Shiraz grapes ripening on the vine

It smells like
Rustic berries, grinds of white pepper, charcuterie and Italian leather.

It tastes like
An elegant wine, generous red and black berry fruit, supporting oak and its concomitant spices.  Tannins and the oak are well interwoven with the sweet vanilla of the American oak in undertow.

Dianne Bibby’s Rosemary Paprika Roast Chicken

It’s good with
While it is a great after dinner glass, the wine is made for food.  It can tackle meat happily in any form, as well as duck, game birds and venison. It can also go happily with a well-seasoned roast chicken flattie. Dianne Bibby’s Rosemary & Paprika Roast Chicken is a happy partner. Do chill the wine for about 30 minutes before serving. Click here for her recipe.

Dianne Bibby

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