2010 Vintage of Rhone style Syrah released

Rhône-style Strandveld Syrah 2010 a fine expression of unique Elim terroir

Strandveld Vineyards, Africa’s southernmost winery in Elim, South Africa’s youngest wine appellation, has released the 2010 vintage of its full blooded Rhone-style Syrah.

This robust red is a fine expression of the unique terroir of this exciting wind swept, cool climate wine ward. Polished with a dash of Grenache (8%), Mourvèdre (4%) and Viognier (2%), the 2010 Strandveld Syrah is another triumph from winemaker Conrad Vlok, whose decade as winemaker at Strandveld Vineyards has been a true journey of discovery in this tranquil wine growing region.

Each vintage is shaped by the unique Strandveld terroir and ever present maritime winds that paved the way for early explorers rounding the tip of Africa.

These windy conditions resulted in an exceptionally small Shiraz yield in 2010, but the upside of the smaller crop was highly concentrated fruit.

The wine matured for 20 months in 100% French oak, culminating in spicy aromas of cloves, cracked black pepper and intense blackberry flavours.

“Our Strandveld Syrah is a great example of a serious Shiraz that is big in structure with a rich palate and firm tannins, backed by well integrated oak flavours. I would definitely recommend opening a bottle for the dinner table if roast beef, duck or venison is on the menu,” says Conrad.

His signature game “kneukel pot” or knuckle recipe, which draws inspiration from all his hunting trips, is a perfect match for the Strandveld Syrah.

Selling at the cellar door or online here, Strandveld Syrah 2010 is also available at fine wine shops and top end restaurants.

Strandveld Vineyards is also well known for exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, as noted by the highly regarded UK Master of Wine Jancis Robinson: “The decidedly cool Elim, near Cape Agulhas, is clearly capable of making notably fine Sauvignon Blanc.”