The Dalmatian Syrah 2017
TASTING NOTE (as at May 2019)
Dark ruby in colour, a subtle nose of dark fruits (cherries, blackcurrants and loganberries) with a whiff of violets. Luscious blackberry notes and a hint of spice on the palate supported by subtle French oak integration – well rounded, finely balanced, smooth tannin structure and a long finish.
This wine is called The Dalmatian on account of the minimal portions of the Viognier cultivar used in the blend, either co-fermented, or in topping barrels, depending on the vintage, as the Viognier grape is reported as having its origins from the Dalmatian coast (current day Croatia).
● WINE OF ORIGIN STELLENBOSCH
● 99% SYRAH / 1% VIOGNIER
● 2017 VINTAGE
● 1,364 BOTTLES PRODUCED
● Hand-picked & sorted in the vineyard
100% de-stemmed and crushed with an addition of sulphur at 20 parts per million. Left to cold soak
for 48 hours, inoculated with a strain of Rhone yeast, fermented at temperatures between 18-28
celsius for 7 days, pumped over twice a day, tank closed off for 12 days, pressed, and racked back
into tank for full malolactic fermentation before being transferred for maturation in small French oak
Small French oak barrels, 20% NEW, for 19 months – no fining or filtration.
● When drinking now, decant into a ‘ships decanter’ two hours before serving.
● Optimum drinking 2022 - 2028
● Cellaring potential until 2032
|Accolades||4.5* Platter’s Wine Guide 2020 HILTON The Dalmatian Syrah 2017
4.5* Platter’s Wine Guide 2019 HILTON The Dalmatian Syrah 2015
4.5* Platter’s Wine Guide 2018 HILTON The Dalmatian Syrah 2014
TOP 100 WINES SOUTH AFRICA 2017The Dalmatian Syrah 2014 – DOUBLE GOLD
IWSC 2017 BRONZE HILTON The Dalmatian Syrah 2013
DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS (DWWA) 2017 SILVER MEDAL The Dalmatian Syrah 2014
OMTWS (SOUTH AFRICA) 2016 BRONZE HILTON The Dalmatian Syrah 2012
- Range: Richard Hilton Vineyards Syrah