Winemag.co.za 2020 Prescient Shiraz Report
A variety of fermentation techniques used including some 20% whole-bunch before maturation lasting 11 months in a combination of concrete tanks, wooden foudre and old barrels. Wonderfully distinct aromatics of red and black fruit, flowers, herbs and cured meat while the palate is wonderfully juicy and fresh with some crunch to the tannins.
A lifestyle brand that over-delivers in character and quality, mostly from old dryland bush-vine vineyards. To be enjoyed now and with up to five years of ageing.
By the proven Lammershoek approach, the vineyards planted in 1996, 1997 and 1998, were farmed without irrigation in bush-vine form, which enhances flavour intensity of the grapes. Selected from three different sites in no less than nine Syrah vineyards on the farm – all growing in ideal decomposed granite soils but on different slopes and heights. This gives the winemaker special options for building blocks in his blending
composition. Varying amounts of available water is allowed in the different clay types present. As preferred at Lammershoek, the grapes were handpicked in the early morning, before grape sorting to ensure the highest quality standard. The grape batches were partially destemmed or left to ferment as whole bunches. The batches from different blocks and different fermentation techniques applied, were aged separately in a combination of concrete tanks, wooden foudres* and old barrels for 11 months before careful blending and bottling.
COLOUR: Dark, deep red centre, with a bright red edge.
NOSE: Dark chocolate, plums, cassis and spices.
PALATE: Complex, with aromas of dark chocolate, red berry fruit and savoury undertones. Elegant palate with asilky texture and ripe, lingering