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Stark-Condé Petit Sirah 2014

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Petite Sirah is known for its intense colour and flavour as well as tannin.

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Pack Size1 Bottle 750ml
Region:Stellenbosch
Platter Guide:****
Blend:100% Syrah
Winemaker/Cellarmaster:José Conde

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This is from a small, 0.5-hectare block at the far end of “Jan Lui’s Field” near the entrance to the farm. It is a small section of the field that is entirely decomposed granite. The grapes were harvested in mid-March into small lug boxes and then cooled overnight before de-stemming and crushing into small open fermentation tanks. The must was hand-punched down 2-3 times a day until dryness and then pressed and racked to small oak for 22 months maturation. A range of oak was used, 25% new, mainly French, but about 10% American oak. The wine was bottled with no fining and just a light polishing filtration.

It seems to ripen well in Stellenbosch conditions with excellent natural acidity and relatively low pH. Because it has a lot of tannin, the wines need soft handling in the cellar and also fairly oxidative handling when young. This is our 2nd release, the first was very limited and only sold at the tasting room. Because of its low pH and firm tannin, the wines should age well with careful cellaring. When young they can greatly benefit from a decanting.

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