The Raconteur Swartland Syrah 2013

Ripe Mulberry fruit, mingled with light coriander and nutmeg spice, perfectly balanced for a soft fruit easy-drinking palate. Excellent paired with feast-worthy foods like roasted duck, grilled meats or spicy tomato pasta.

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Fermentation was completed in stainless steel tanks at low temperature. Wine was left on the lees for 6 months prior to bottling.

Swartland

The Swartland begins some 50 kilometres north of Cape Town and consists of the regions between the towns of: Malmesbury in the south, Darling in the west, Piketberg in the north and Riebeek Kasteel in the east

Jan van Riebeeck called this softly undulating country between the mountain ranges "Het Zwarte Land" (the Black Land) because of the endemic Renosterbos (Elytropappus rhinocerotis). After the rains, mainly in winter, the Renoster Bos takes on a dark appearance when viewed from the distance in large numbers. This is due to the fine leaf-hairs adhering to the leaves when wetted.

The wide fertile plain is the bread basket of Cape Town with its wheatfields reaching up to the foot of the mountains, interrupted by wine, fruit and vegetable farms. Viticulture in the Swartland is still comparatively young, and is practised under dryland conditions, with minimal irrigation.

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