Intellego Syrah 2017
A Wine That
proves how elegant Syrah can be. This is the ballroom dancing version of Syrah; lively and energetic but ever so light on its feet. Bursting with black pepper, bramble fruit and a touch of raspberry and garrigue, this is both complex and inviting. Serve it ever so slightly chilled and marvel at how the flavours unravel in the glass in front of you.
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- Winemaker: Intellego
Where & How?
Planted in 1999, this is from an unirrigated bush vine vineyard in the Swartland that Jurgen farms organically himself, on decomposed granite soils.
The wine was whole bunch fermented naturally (so with some carbonic maceration occurring), then aged in old 500l oak barrels for ten months, with just a touch of sulphur.
Jurgen Gouws may only be in his 30s but he has an impressive track record already. From working with Eben Sadie both here in the Swartland and in Priorat at Terroir al Limit, to working in Côte-Rotie and the Roussillon, to eventually working with Craig Hawkins at Lammershoek, he has had an impressive lineup of mentors. Originally from the eastern Cape, Jurgen decided to settle in the Swartland because of the energy of the place:
"From the beginning I fell in love with the Swartland. Number one because of the people - there was this totally different relaxed vibe - they were really chilled. There were no egos. I realised it was possible to work and enjoy life. Too often, Africa can be all work, work work, and that's it. Sometimes we miss out a bit on the good part of life - like sitting down with a glass of really great wine."
These days, Jurgen leases vineyards to farm organically, as well as working closely with a number of organic and biodynamic farmers from whom he purchases fruit. He is on a mission to use natural methods to ensure his vines live a healthy long life, while producing enough crop to be financially viable. In a region that suffers greatly from drought, this is not always easy, but so far, so good: this is one of the most exciting young farmer-winemakers in Africa.