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Gabriëlskloof Syrah on Shale 2017

Walker Bay WO

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  • 93pts, Tim Atkin Report, 2019

From a top estate in Bot River, part of cool Walker Bay, this is a rich, powerful and complex red. It’s from Gabriëlskloof, founded in 2001 in beautiful countryside, and now really performing. This is a fine, structured Syrah that will go on giving.

Beyond the Label

Tasting notes

Velvety black fruit over grippy tannins, with liquorice herbal length

Aroma

Creamy blackberry, cassis, wild herbs and vanilla oak

Gabriëlskloof Syrah on Shale 2017

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  • 14.5% ABV
  • 10.88 Units
  • 750.00 ml
  • 31 December, 2023

The founder of Gabriëlskloof, Bernhard Heyns, started out as a brick manufacturer. But come the turn of this century he decided to live the dream and began to search for a vineyard. He found a farm in Bot River, Walker Bay. Windswept and with soils of sandstone or clay-shale, it seemed just right. Bernhard planted vineyards, built a winery and restaurant and did OK. Then his daughter married renowned winemaker Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum fame. Peter declined at first to get involved, but has done so since 2015, and the results have been outstanding! The 2016 of this terroir driven wine scored very highly indeed. Hand-picked, wild fermented, aged in French oak for 18 months, 30% new, it is rich, yet elegant and will improve with age.

"Deep dark-fruit, herbal aromas, broad reach of flavour in its full body, resonating savoury tail" Angela Lloyd for 2016
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