False Bay ‘Old School’ Syrah

South Africa | 2020, 2022
(2 customer reviews)

£8.50 a bottle

Wild yeast fermentation, low yields and ageing in large French oak foudre are what defines this savoury and appealing Shiraz/Syrah. Full yet elegant with bramble fruits and also some earth and meaty aromas. The palate is structured and elegant with fine tannins and a refreshing natural acidity.

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Grapes for the Old School Syrah are sourced mainly from two sustainably farmed separate vineyards in Stellenbosch in relatively cool spots. A small parcel is added from other coastal vineyards. Hand harvested Syrah (aka Shiraz) is fermented with wild yeast with a mix of crushed grapes and whole berries in the tank. This helps to develop both a bright, deep colour and highlight the fruity notes of the variety.


Named after Cape Town’s False Bay – geographically on the other side of the city to Table Bay – it’s this large sweeping bay that’s in full view from the famous Waterkloof estate where the wine is made. The False Bay range further extends the property’s portfolio, with wines that offer character and capture the Cape terroir and place at an affordable, everyday price. Fruit is sourced from across the Cape and the wines are crafted by a passionate team led by winemaker Nadia Barnard, a traditionalist at heart and custodian of the Waterkloof Cellar.

Grape Variety

100% Syrah

Grapes are hand harvested, then the juice is fermented spontaneously with wild yeast (partially whole-bunch) and raised in large wooden casks (or ‘foudre’ en Français). No additions other than sulphur as a preservative.

Food Match

Ideal with spicy dishes, red meats and rich Mediterranean dishes

Alcohol Percentage


Additional information


2020, 2022


Vegetarian, Vegan

Country of Origin



Grape Variety


Full Bodied & Rich Reds

Alcohol Percentage


Food Pairing

Red Meats, Roasted Vegetables, Spicy Food

2 reviews for False Bay ‘Old School’ Syrah

  1. ryanbrady1981

    Lovely mid-week special, fruity slightly dry, and excellent with roast lamb. Will buy again.

  2. Will

    Genuinely shocked at the amazing value of this wine. It is a superbly full bodied fruity shiraz. Was lovely with a slow cooked lamb. I’d gladly get a crate of 12 of this such was it’s flavour and price. Don’t miss out on this one!

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