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Wild Plum – Syrah – 2020

This wine represents grower Arlen van Wyk’s entry into the world of wine and her irrepressible spirit. Isolated, far from other growers, Arleen is a true Swartland pioneer.Individual grapes were selected from hand harvested bunches, then hand crushed and foot stomped. After fermentation, the wine was matured in a single barrel for two years.

R299,00

Price Per Bottle  ( Sold in Case of 6 bottles. ) 

SKU: TTW-WP-S-20 Category: Tags: ,

Description

Winemaker: Wayne Arendse

Appellation: Stellenbosch

Variety: Syrah

The Wild Plum Vineyard
Few black farmers own vineyards in South Africa. The capital required to make even the most modest start is out of reach for the vast majority.
A child of farm work, Arleen van Wyk rented a small piece of township land to make a start with vegetable growing. With the assistance of Google, she taught herself how to care for plants and make a living for her family as a market gardener. A kindly loan from her elderly landlord allowed her to buy the property and commence the long-term project of vineyard establishment.

Vineyard location
Between the winemaking towns of Durbanville and Malmesbury, the small-holding village of Mikpunt in the heart of the Swartland is home to the Wild Plum block. The vineyard has clay-rich soils that have brought international recognition to the Syrah variety.

The Winemaking
After bunch cooling and grape sorting and a combination of grape skin breaking by a small de-stemmer and foot maceration in an open bin, the mash was allowed to warm and fermentation to start up. Multiple punch downs kept the grape skins moist. When the process was complete the mash was squeezed to separate the solid material and the new wine was moved to a single barrel, where it remained for 24 months.

Winemaker’s Comments
Gentle spicy aromas greet the nose. The intense but soft tannins provide structure to balance the peach and pepper flavours. A lingering fruit and oak finish completes the impression.

Analysis
Alcohol 13.48%
RS 2.06 g/l
TA 5.96 g/l
pH 3.56

Additional information

Dimensions 8 × 8 × 35 cm

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