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Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2017 consists of 100% Shiraz. After handpicking the grapes, they were fermented on the skins with natural yeasts and using punch-downs and pump-overs to mix the juice and skins. Skin contact then took place for 28 days to allow for the maximum extraction of tannins. Malolactic fermentation and aging occurred in old French oak barrels for 12 months. Bottled at 13%. (Bottle size 750ml)
Nose: White pepper and violets.
Palate: Fynbos herbs, thyme, buchu, white pepper, violets, black olives and blueberry.
Finish: A long, satisfying finish.
Willie and Emma Dreyer are seventh-generation owners of Leeuwenkuil and together they have built Leeuwenkuil into a Swartland institution. The estate on which it is situated was one of the earliest wine farms in the region, having been around since 1693 when it was known as Schinderkuijl. The Dreyer family took ownership of the farm in 1851 after a few sub-divisions, and has since developed it into the estate with the largest acreage of grapevines in South Africa. As one of the Swartland's leading grape growers, Leeuwenkuil played an under-the-radar role until, in 2008, the Dreyer's took the decision to start making and selling wine themselves. 2021 marks a significant milestone as the first vintage to be processed in their own winery on the farm, instead of in rented cellar space.