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Intellego "Kolbroek" Syrah 2016

Intellego "Kolbroek" Syrah 2016


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Type: Red Wine | Country: South Africa | Region: Swartland | Varietal: Syrah | Vintage: 2016
The inspiration for this name comes from a unique breed of pig found in South Africa. The Kolbroek pig is recognized as a traditional, and an indigenous breed by the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa. The Slow Food Foundation has also recognized the breed on its "Ark of Taste." This 100% Syrah might have the name of a pig, however it can be as elegant as a gorgeous woman walking down Loop Street in high heels. 'Kolbroek' consists of grapes sourced from 2 parcels on shale and gravel soils, which complement each other well when blended. The Malmesbury shale block yields 14hl/ha while the one on gravel 21hl/ha. The block planted on shale faces North and are harvested earlier to retain the fresher tannins and amazing flavors influenced by the shale soil and micro climate. The parcel on gravel retains great acidity and shows late development of secondary flavors especially after a few months in barrel. Biodynamic viticulture produces exceptional fruit that is whole bunch fermentated for 10-14 days in open top tanks. The wine is then aged in 500L old French oak barrels for 10 additional months. Sulfur is added right before bottling. Region: Swartland Varietal: 100% Syrah Vintage: 2016 Vine Age: 16 years old Soil Type: Schist and Oakleaf Alcohol: 11% Oak: 10 months in 500L old French oak barrels Production: 500 cases