La Motte Syrah 2014
Syrah from Franschhoek (60%), Elim (25%) and Bot River (15%) so combining the grapes of a number of cool terroirs. Grapes were picked when still firm but ripe. The bunches were de-stemmed and hand-sorted. Whole berries were pumped into an open stainless steel tank, inoculated and cool-fermented at 20 – 24 degrees Celsius, while pumping over with ample aeration. Malolactic fermentation started in the tanks and finished in 300-litre French oak barrels, 30% of which were new and in which the wine was matured for 14 months. Complex aromas of black cherry, mulberry, black pepper and black olives. The juicy entry transforms into a medium body with lively fresh acidity, juicy berry-fruit, sweet liquorice, violet flowers and pepper spice.