Buzzard Kloof Syrah, Rustenberg, 2015

Buzzard Kloof Syrah, Rustenberg, 2015


The wine exhibits an enticing nose of pepper, violets and ripe berry fruits which follow through to a well-structured and lengthy palate with fine-grained tannins.

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Vintage - 2015

Country - South Africa

Region - Stellenbosch

Grape Varieties - Syrah 100%

Alcohol by volume - 14.5%

Bottle - 75cl

The name Buzzard Kloof comes from the buzzards that can be seen circling the thermal currents above the kloof (ravine) within which the vineyard is situated.

The cold wet winter of 2014 started early and ended late, which is ideal for the vineyards’ dormancy; however an unseasonably cool spring resulted in the vines going into summer with 10 to 40% less crop than usual. The remainder of the season was warm and dry resulting in one of the earliest harvests on record. Zero disease pressure and small crops of fantastic ripe fruit combined with high natural acids make this potentially the vintage of the decade.

Grapes were hand-picked and crushed and de-stemmed on arriving at the winery. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with regular pump overs and an extended maceration of up to seven days. After primary fermentation the wine was transferred to oak barriques (40% new French and American oak; 60% second- and third-fill) for 20 months’ maturation.