6 Bottles x 750ml
Bizoe Estalet Syrah 2016
Named after winemaker Rikus Neethling's wife whom he met as a big-dreaming
student in Stellenbosch, this beautiful Shiraz from the Breedekloof Valley
features alluring sweet fruit and spicy flavours. It is an eminently drinkable wine
but made for the long haul – inspired by the pleasure of young love that deepens
and gains more dimension with age.
VITICULTURE AND VINIFICATION
The grapes used to produce the Estalet originate from a seemingly unremarkable
vineyard at first glance. These 28-year-old vines are planted on nutrient-poor
soil which means they have to work hard to yield a modest crop of 8 tons per
hectare, but the result is exceptionally expressive, concentrated fruit. The
vineyard is managed for ultra premium quality, which includes intensive leaf and
shoot management allowing for even ripeness and shady fruit concentration
development. Grapes were picked at optimal ripeness and had two weeks of skin
contact in open fermenters. Skins and juice were mixed daily. After fermentation,
the skins underwent a gentle pressing to ensure a delicate extraction of flavour
and tannin. Using only dried yeast, fermentation occurred over a two week
period with the wine spending 16 months in older French oak barrels.
The Estalet shows inviting ripe blueberry and plum flavours on the nose,
persisting onto the palate with a hint of spicy fruitcake and fragrant fynbos. It
has excellent drinkability but will develop even further complexity over time.
Enjoy with roast beef and Mediterranean-style dishes.