About the estate
Zevenwacht Wine Estate, situated on the beautiful Stellenbosch Wine Route is a modern wine farm with a 300 year history. Owned and managed by the Johnson Family, the Estate has a strong commitment to historic and cultural preservation as well as conservation of the surrounding indigenous environment. Two prime farming locations provide the grapes for the Zevenwacht winery. The home vineyard on the Estate’s panoramic 450 hectare maritime influenced property, supplies the majority of the grapes. The farm Zevenrivieren, situated at the crest of the Helshoogte Pass, provides winemaker, Jacques Viljoen, with a boutique selection of grapes that add to the fascinating variety of the wines.
Full bodied & complex
When to enjoy
With a delicious meal to savour the intensity of this wine.
How to serve
At a pleasing 16 – 18° (not too cold and not our summer room temperature)
Our meal suggestions
We’ve tried it with a few variations of lamb such as lamb loin chops spiced with salt, black pepper and rosemary, leg of lamb slow roasted, well salted, peppered and served with roast potatoes, sweet potatoes and spicy gravy. Oven roasted vegetables with rosemary and garlic could be a vegan alternative.
The wine itself
Warm and vibrant white and black pepper undertones allure you to the mouth-filling flavours of black fruits, sweet violet and jasmine spice finishing with hints of white pepper. Its velvety feel leaves you mesmerized.
What about the grapes?
And the vineyards (terroir)?
South-Westerly facing slopes ranging in altitude from 230-250m above sea level. The vines are trellised on a seven-wire hedge system. We harvest approximately six to eight tons per hectare which allows for concentrated plum, brambleberry and riper mulberry flavours with hints of pepper.
How was it made?
2014 was a challenging season with a wet ripening season leading up to the picking date. With careful management and lots of extra time in the vineyards, we managed to pick at optimal ripeness, resulting in beautiful ripe fruit and concentration. We fermented the Syrah at temperatures around 27°C. After fermentation the wine was pressed and racked to 100% 500l French oak barrels where it matured for approximately 18 months. An amazing wine that will develop beautifully over time.
Should this wine age/mature?
Definite aging ability in the right conditions – from 5 to 10 years.
- Grape Origin: Stellenbosch Polkadraai
- Wine Variety: Syrah
- Body: Full, yet elegant
- Barrel Treatment: Avg 18 Months
- ALC: 14% | RS: 2.6g/l | Acid: 5.2g/l | PH: 3.56