Oldenburg Vineyards sits at the top of the Banghoek Valley, one of the coolest parts of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. In the middle of this enchanting Estate is a hillock called Rondekop. Surrounded by Alpine Mountains reaching up into the sky. A beautiful restful place. 8 natural elements combine to produce wines which have a real sense of place.
The grapes for the Oldenburg Vineyard Series Syrah 2016 were, as indeed are all Oldenburg Grapes, hand harvested, and bunch sorted in the vineyards. Once in the Cellar, Winemaker Nic van Aarde and his team destalk and crush the grapes for a three-day period of cold soaking before fermentation was initiated. Once fermentation was over, the wine matured for 14 months in 300 litre French Oak Barrels of which 40% were new. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle and closed with natural cork. The label is elegant, showing the 8 natural elements which feature on the estate. In the glass, the wine is purple plum at the heart and pales out to the rim. The aromas are of dark fruits, mulberries, roadside brambles, forest floor and a grind of white pepper. The palate is full, generous and rich. From entry the fruit rules, with a line of fruit acidity running through into the long spicy aftertaste. The tannins are well integrated with the fruit and the oak with its concomitant spice and vanilla. An impressive glass. While eminently drinking now, its juniority really needs you to cool cellar it for a year or two.
The Oldenburg Vineyard Series Syrah 2016 is a serious food wine. And while it will honour the traditional Sunday Roast lunch, it will make a happy match with a well-prepared midweek supper dish, when lockdown makes you want a great bottle with your meal. Alida Ryder’s Honey, Soy Crispy Beef & Noodles is a fun dish and a great partner to this wine. Click HERE for her recipe and to have a look at her website.
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