Ironstone Syrah 2015
• WINE OF ORIGIN STELLENBOSCH
• 100% SYRAH
• VINTAGE 2015
• 4,548 BOTTLES PRODUCED
• Hand-picked & sorted in the vineyard
100% de-stemmed and crushed with an addition of sulphur at 30 parts per million. Left to cold soak for 48 hours, inoculated with a Rhone yeast, fermented at temperatures between 18-28 celsius for 7-9 days, pumped over two to three times a day, tank closed off for 14 days, pressed, and racked back into tank for full malolactic before being transferred to barrel.
Small French oak barrels, 2nd / 3RD / 4TH / 5th / 6th fill barrels, for 18 months – no fining or filtration.
Alc.Vol %: 13.98
Total Extract g/l: 27.4
Residual sugar g/l: 4.1
Sugarfree extract g/l: 8.26
Total acidity g/l: 26.60
Volatile acidity g/l: 5.7
Free SO2 mg/l: 0.64
Total SO2 mg/l: 106
TASTING NOTE (as at 1 March 2019)
Bright, clear dark inky colour - notes of dark forest fruits, dark cherry and a hint of spice on the nose followed by a crystalline palate of tightly packed, ripe, damson, loganberry and blackberry. A good acidity on the palate provides this wine with a good backbone to age. It is finely balanced with soft tannins and will benefit from maturing in correct cellaring conditions for 5-8 years.
• When drinking now, decant into a ‘ships decanter’ two hours before serving.
• Optimum drinking 2020 - 2024
• Cellaring potential until 2026
- Range: Richard Hilton Vineyards Syrah