This aptly named Strandveld First Sighting Shiraz comes from the Southern most winery in South Africa. The vineyards are just 9 kilometres from the sea, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean off Cape Agulhas.
Your attention is immediately drawn by fresh blackberry and blackcurrant aromas tinged with spicy black pepper and fynbos notes. Strandveld First Sighting Shiraz has juicy black fruit flavours with savoury tannins, subtle toasted oak and a long spicy finish. This is a classy, smooth and structured shiraz from cool climate Elim.
At almost 35 degrees below the equator, the maritime climate has below average temperatures for the Cape. Here, the winds can be so strong that vineyard workers find it hard to stand up! “Strandveld” refers to the coastal belt of land which spans the coastline around Africa’s tempestuous southernmost tip at Cape Agulhas. It is characterised by severe wind, mist and cool temperatures. This confluence of maritime climate, varying site and soil types create the diversity of terroir that distinguishes the wines of Strandveld Vineyards.
Conrad Vlok, winemaker at Strandveld since 2004, focuses on producing excellent quality grapes in this cool climate. Yields are low, the grapes ripen slowly and the berries are small; as a result the wines have intense flavours. The 69 hectares estate and winery was established in 2001, and already the winery has achieved many awards. The 2016 vintage of this wine won a Platinum Medal at the Michelangelo International Awards last year. The 2017 vintage won a Silver Medal at Decanter World Wine Awards; this vintage received 4 stars in the respected Platters Guide in South Africa.
“Typical spicy, meaty high notes over black fruit. Juicy palate with harmonious appeal. Touch of complimenting oak on the finish.” 90 Points. Decanter Awards Panel.
About vintage 2019
The winter of 2018 started late at the end of May. The normal cool, dry and windy Spring (for which this area is famous) resulted in a small but healthy crop. The only significant rain in the Summer was in Mid March 2019 and by then Strandveld had harvested their grapes! We think this has been captured in this fresh Shiraz blend which leans towards a Rhone style. The Shiraz grapes come from 17 year-old vines and it has been matured for 12 months in French oak barrels; mainly second and third fill.
Food match: Pork roasts and grills; Roasted vegetables; mediterranean style foods