Swartland Syrah 2013

Tasting notes  Swartland Sirah 2013 small

A rich harmonious full bodied wine with juicy dark fruit, savoury smoked ham, all spice and aromatic wood aromas. The wine has a coating mid palate and a long finish. The acid is bright and the tannins are ripe and present.

 The Vineyard

Our partner Billy Hughes grows organic grapes at Kasteelsig vineyard in the Swartland region. The grapes are dry farmed.  Soil in the vineyard is primarily Glenrosa, a composite soil of decomposed shale with a little granite.  Vines are 12 years old and the yield in 2013 was around 7 tons to the hectare.


The grapes were handpicked over a few days in late February 2013 into small baskets and taken to our cellar where they were destalked and gently crushed. We fermented the Syrah in small open bins where it was hand punched 4 times a day. We prefer the native yeast from the vineyard. The wine matured in French and Hungarian oak for a total of 20 months. We bottled 10051 bottles

Ageing potential

This Syrah is drinking well now, but will improve in the bottle till 2020 and beyond.

Wine Analysis

  • Alcohol 14.38%
  • Residual Sugar 3g/l
  • Total Acid 6g/l
  • Ph. 3.52

Awards & Accolades 

  • 90 points – Wine Advocate
  • Gold – Veritas 2016
  • Silver – International Wine and Spirit Competition 2016
  • Platter 4 stars
  • Bronze – Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2016
  • Bronze – International Wine Challenge 2017

Food Pairings

A rich and spicy wine which is great paired with French country dishes such as Cassoulet or a Beef Daube Provencal. It is also delicious with grilled regional sausages such as Toulouse. Amazing with simply prepared dry aged rump or ribeye steak, seasoned with a little sea salt and crushed black pepper and a few pan fried mushrooms, ideally cepes/porchinis and a dash of the best extra virgin olive oil.