Gabriëlskloof Syrah on Sandstone Bot River 2018
Region: Walker Bay, Bot River, Cape South Coast, South Africa
Bottle size: 75cl
This is an elegant, cool climate Syrah with savoury notes of fynbos and tomato leaf complemented by lifted aromas of raspberry, violet and crushed pepper. There is a wonderful density on the palate, coupled with fine grained tannins and vivid acidity.
The fruit for this wine is sourced from the Sandstone vineyard, named due to the soils consisting of mostly broken Sandstone rock. The site's unique soil and cool climate result in an elegant and perfumed style of Syrah. The site is mountainous and this environment leads to low vine vigour and reduced yields for additional concentration and complexity in the wine.
Gabriëlskloof is a beautiful wine estate located near Bot River in the Overberg region east of Cape Town. It was purchased in 2001 by Bernhard Heyns, who had been on the lookout for the ideal place to plant vines. The talented Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum, Bernhard’s son in law, took over as winemaker from the 2015 vintage. Peter-Allan is now Cellar Master and oversees general management of the property, while the young and no less talented Nina Muller was promoted to winemaker. The farm has 178 hectares, with 68 hectares planted with vines. The climate is cool with maritime influences coming from Walker Bay. The vineyards are farmed sustainably with the support of fulltime vineyard consultant Rosa Kruger. Their aim is to move to organic farming in the future.