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.
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.
Ideal with spicy dishes, red meats and rich Mediterranean dishes