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Wandering Beeste Petite Sirah, Swartland 2019/20

A wild, rustic and delicious Syrah with depth and vibrancy. Tame the beeste!

Big & Bold, Full-Bodied Red
£12.95
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Producer Strange Kompanjie Unlimited
Country South Africa
Region Swartland
Wine Type Red Wine
Body / Style Big & Bold, Full-Bodied Red
Grape Blend 100% Petite Sirah/Durif
Bottle Size (ml) 750
% Abv 14.5
Vintage 2020
Special Features Vegan
Extra Info Wild, rustic, delicious!
Food Pairing Guide Steak!
Terroir Granite, sandy loams but also schists and shales
Rating:
100% of 100

Wandering Beeste Syrah is bold, structured yet reserved. A wine with rustic charm, wild blackberry and cherry aromas, as well as a distinctive earthiness, with a backbone of bracing acidity. 50% whole berry, 50% whole bunch fermentation which gives that tannic structure and vitality. The finish is long, broad and bright. A wild animal in need of taming! Great fun!

The Swartland’s soils consist of the Cape’s great granite, sandy loams but also schists and shales which are the two that inform this Syrah. 50% whole bunch, 50% whole berry, the bright tannic structure of this comes from the stems and the soils. A skinny Syrah more bones than flesh, more Nguni than Heiffer, and the better for it. No two vintages have quite been the same – same schist, different day.

Grapes for this wine are selected from vineyards from the slopes of the Kasteelberg and Paardeberg mountains, each adding its own intonation of blue and red fruit. Vines are 15-25 years old and express the shale and granite rock on which they grow. The fruit selection is as much selected by the tannic structure of the stems than the grape itself, the intention being to capture that bright, vital acidity to balance the generous fruit. The grapes are picked in the early hours and trucked to the winery where further selection is made. 50% of the fruit is fermented whole bunch and 50% whole berry. The wine goes through wild yeast fermentation over a 6 month period in old French oak barrels. It is then racked off and settled, mostly into tank, for a further 4 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
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