Leeuwenkuil, Heritage Syrah 750ml 2017

South Africa, Swartland
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The Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2017 was named Best Shiraz in the Winemag Prescient Top 20 Wines South Africa 2020 Report.

Since the 2012 maiden release, Roland’s top wine of 2014, we have been impressed with this remarkable single-vineyard Syrah. The 2013 followed with a Platter’s 5-star rating. The 2014 scored 95 points from both Tim Atkin and Christian Eedes and, in recent blind tastings, held its own among some of the finest Northern Rhône Syrahs. Remarkably, the Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah’s price has hardly changed since release and could easily fetch twice the price.

Why is it so special? It is produced from a single vineyard on the western slope of the Riebeeksrivier ‘côte’. This region is known for its exceptional vineyards that form part of some of SA’s most prestigious Syrah-based wines, including Mullineux, Boekenhoutskloof, Anthonij Rupert Wines and the Sadie Family Columella. This specific vineyard produces extraordinarily concentrated, small berries which translates into a wine of both power and finesse; much like the famous wines of the Northern Rhône.

Tasting notes:
'A blue-blood Swartland syrah. 2017 captivating spice, berries both fragrant & flavoursome, precise rather than showy. Little tighter than previously made 2015 but silky concentration bides time behind fine, fresh grip. So elegant, so stylish.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (97/100)

'Willie Dreyer grows some of the best grapes in South Africa, so it’s no surprise that this Syrah is so consistently good and is showing just as well a year after I first reviewed it. Bloody, intense and stony, with amazing focus and minerality, layered tannins, a twist of pepper and rich, savoury dark berry fruit. 2020-29.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 95/100

'Leeuwenkuil, Willie and Emma Dreyer’s Swartland farm, has some 1 250ha under vineyard including the block that produces the much-lauded Heritage Syrah, the current-release 2017 right up there. The nose is a heady mixture of black berries, olive, lavender, fynbos, coriander and white pepper while the palate shows good fruit density, fresh acidity and grippy tannins – great form and length.' – Christian Eedes, WineMag.co.za, 95/100

‘Matured for 12 months in old oak. A heady nose of dark fruit, musk, lilies, fynbos and pepper while the palate is full bodied and intensely flavoured – dense fruit, bright acidity and chewy tannins. Complex and powerful.’ – Winemag Prescient Top 20 Wines South Africa 2020 Report, 94/100

'This complex wine is a true reflection of the Swartland area’s distinctive combination of schist soils and indigenous Cape fynbos. The palate is laden with fynbos herbs, thyme, buchu and white pepper. Violets, black olives and blueberry flavours lend complexity and lead to a long, satisfying finish.' – Winemaker

Alc: 13.3% | RS: 1.8 g/L | TA: 5.3 g/L | PH: 3.31

About Leeuwenkuil Family Vineyards:
Leeuwenkuil, meaning ‘Lion’s Lair’, is owned by Willie and Emma Dreyer. Situated in the Swartland, the farm dates back to 1693. When Willie and Emma began building Leeuwenkuil it was 45 hectares of vineyards but today comprises of 1,250 hectares. At Leeuwenkuil they follow a sustainable farming approach with as little interference as possible. Leeuwenkuil offers staggering value in general and caused a stir when their 2013 Shiraz was given a 92-point score in Decanter.
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Alcohol 13.3%
Technical analysis RS: 1.8 g/L | TA: 5.3 g/L | PH: 3.31
Variety Shiraz / Syrah
Blend information 100% Shiraz / Syrah
Rating PG 97
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com  |  AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com  |  CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za  |  DEC: Decanter  |  GS: Greg Sherwood MW  |  JS: James Suckling  |  JR: JancisRobinson.com  |  JD: Jeb Dunnuck  |  NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show  |  PG: Platter's Guide  |  ST: Stephen Tanzer of Vinous.com  |  TA: Tim Atkin MW  |  VIN: Vinous.com  |  WA: Wine Advocate  |  WE: Wine Enthusiast  |  WM: Winemag.co.za Report  |  WS: Wine Spectator