Minimalist Wines Stars in the Dark Syrah 2022
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PRODUCER: Studying Oenology at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University while working in the town’s boutique wine store, Hawk & Schoon, and passing WSET3 (with distinctions), were the starting points for Sam’s wine education. But the passion kicked in while working harvests under the leading Cape winemakers Carl van der Merwe, Lukas van Loggerenberg and Chris Alheit.
It was then he discovered that making good wine is all about working with good grapes and good people… and the importance of treating them both gently in the vineyard and the cellar. It was also the beginning of Sam’s love affair with Syrah. He launched Minimalist Wines, aged 21, to explore its diversity in South African terroir and to showcase its elegant power in the cooler climate vineyards of the Cape.
WINEMAKING: We harvest in the cool, early hours of the morning, into 14kg Lug boxes and transport grapes back to the cellar in refrigerated trucks where they are allowed to cool overnight. After gentle foot-stomping and crushing (one third whole-bunch for this vintage), natural fermentation gets underway, at its own pace, in a combination of open and closed fermenters. Once complete, we macerate gently with a single, daily pumpover/punchdown.
TASTING NOTE: This Syrah is light in colour and fruit intensity, which is attributed to limited and light press downs done during fermentation. The nose has a delightful mix of strawberry, dark plums, and spicy notes. On the palate, there are more strawberry and dark plum flavours with some wood notes present.