Jolandie is a huge Northern Rhône fan, and while she’s not trying to replicate it, she also felt like she couldn’t not make Syrah in the Swartland. The 2022 vintage is a blend of two regions: 90% from Malmesbury on red, iron-rich soils, and 10% from Riebeekberg on schist. In the cellar, the fermentation spice smells remind her of her grandmother’s kitchen, bringing an element of happy nostalgia that transcends through the bottle.
All of the vineyards were picked separately in crates and transported to the cellar where they spend 24 hours in a cold room. The following day, bunch sorting took place before the grapes went to open-top fermenters, where they fermented with native yeast and 100% whole bunches. The wine spent a total of 18 days on the skins before being lightly pressed. Maturation occurred for 10 months in 500-L old oak barrels. After this period, the wines were racked, blended, and bottled without fining and with a coarse filtration and just a small addition of sulfur.