First Sighting Shiraz, Cape Agulhas 2017

Country
South Africa
Region
Coastal Region
Producer
Strandveld
Grape(s)
Shiraz (100%)
Type
Red
Style
Not Set
Oaked Style
Oaked
Body Style
Medium bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Dry
Alcohol Content
14%
Closure Style
Screw Cap
Organic/Biodynamic
No
Vegetarian/Vegan
Vegetarian
Yes
Vegan
No
Allergens
Sulphites
Yes
Milk
No
Egg
Yes

Region

The Coastal Region is undoubtedly the most important wine producing region of the country. This is the financial and historical heart of South African wines. Although a large appellation, the most prominent areas within this region are concentrated around the Cape Peninsula and the Northern Cape spreading across 420 miles (700 km) north to south. The coastal influence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans is one of the most influential climatic feature that affects the wine industry in the coastal region. The overall Mediterranean climate helps to ripen the grapes during the day whereas the cold nights ensure that the flavor profiles and the acidity of the wines are maintained. But the climate definitely varies a lot inland and places with high altitudes where cool climate viticulture dominates. Like the climate, the Coastal Region`s soil profile also varies dramatically across the landscape. These range from clay dominated, moisture retaining soils, well draining shales to calcareous and lime-rich outcrops.

Producer

Nestled between Elim and Cape Agulhas, and just 9km from the sea, lies the secluded Strandveld Vineyards. This wind-swept winery derives its name from the belt of land which spans the tempestuous tip of Africa’s southernmost coastline. At almost 35 degrees below the equator, this part of the Cape is characterised by severe winds, billowing mist and below average temperatures. A unique combination of maritime climate and diverse soil types work together to create the terroir which distinguishes the wines of Strandveld Vineyards.
Tasting Notes
A medium bodied Shiraz from the most southern winemaking region in Africa. Deep ruby in colour with vibrant berry fruits on the nose. The palate is bursting with notes of the local fynbos, black fruits, mocha and spicy white pepper from 12 months ageing in French oak barrels. Well balanced with intergrated tannins and a long, spicy finish.
Food
Perfect with lamb or spicy pasta dishes.
Media
Decanter Silver Medal 2019. Four stars Platter Guide 2020.