Elim Shiraz 2019 (1,5L Magnum)

£72.00 / Per Bottle

Our Elim Shiraz grapes are grown in the cool maritime climate of Elim close to Cape Agulhas, a wine-growing potential that our cellar master Charles Hopkins saw more than 20 years ago when he identified it as the ideal climate for making the distinctive rotundone style of shiraz – alluringly fragrant with deep black pepper intensity.

28 in stock

100% Syrah

Winemaker’s notes

  • Vintage

The 2019 vintage will be remembered as one that followed the most severe drought in South Africa during 2018. In the second half of 2018, supporting rainfall ensured good soil moisture with cool and moderate ripening and harvesting conditions for 60% of the intake of the 2019 vintage. The 2019 crop was medium sized, resulting in some excellent wines.

  • Viticulture

Virgin land in Elim, with a unique and sought-after Rotundone characteristic reminding of delicate black pepper, was sourced and allocated specifically for the production of Shiraz. A combination of a cool maritime climate, careful vineyard management and soil ranging from shale and koffieklip to decomposed granite and clay, result in a remarkable growing region which produces our Rotundone-style Shiraz.

  • Vinification

A small volume of carefully selected fruit was brought to De Grendel in the early hours of the morning. The fruit, 30% of which was left as whole clusters, was open fermented in stainless steel tanks. The fermenting cap was punched down four times a day to produce more robust tannins with excellent structure and concentration of fruit. The wine was matured for 13 months in second and third fill French Oak barrels.

Marinated chargrilled ribeye steak, game pies, and moussaka topped with lots of aged parmesan.

Shiraz is made to age gracefully into its full power over at least the next decade, and is available in limited quantities.

Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2022 Gold
Platter’s Guide 2022 5 Stars – 97 Points
SA Terroir Wine Awards 2022 National Winner
Tim Atkin SA Report 2022 91 Points
Veritas Awards 2021 Double Gold – 98 Points
Winemag Shiraz Report 2021 Top 10 – 94 Points
Winemag Shiraz Report 2022 92 Points

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