Terracura 2015 — Syrah
A Wine That
is lean, mean and ever so serious. Personified, it might be a boxer; a person at the height of fitness, without an ounce of fat, just pure muscle. That is how this wine feels. This is a wine that can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with its Northern Rhône counterparts, and that displays equal elegance. The first smell is garrigue; wafts of herbs and cooking spices. Then, if you're a meat eater, this tastes like the best cut of bacon or the finest liver you've ever had. For the non-meat eaters, imagine the flesh of a fresh mirabelle plum that has just dropped to the ground. This wine has that too. Quite simply, we think it's one of the best Syrahs on Planet Earth.
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- Winemaker: Silwervis
Where & How?
From five different vineyards across the Swartland planted in the 90s, two of which are on granite, two on schist and one on iron.
Neither Ryan, a Zimbabwean, nor Samantha, from the UK, came from a family background of wine. Their story is one of those magical chance happenings, that led them to become who they are today: two of the brightest young sparks of South African wine. In his early 20s, Ryan often travelled to Basel, Switzerland, with his little brother for medical treatment. It was here of all places where he came across a wine bar that specialised in Piemonte. Ryan thinks back fondly saying,
"that's when I realised there was something really special about wine - you could work with the land in a way that has deep meaning. Something started stirring in my mind."
Next thing he knew, he had ditched working in the Zimbabwean tobacco industry, and through the help of friends found himself in Piemonte learning about winemaking. Ryan and Samantha, already friends, happened to bump into each other in Rome by coincidence, and started dating. They went to South Africa in 2008, as Ryan wanted to show Africa to Samantha. The trip was both intended as a holiday, but also to learn about wine, as the two had already fallen in love with the industry. As Samantha said,
"On that trip, we just got the sense that something incredible was possible there. We loved Italy, but it was very expensive for young people with no connections."
That was that. They finished their studies, moved to South Africa with no plan, just two backpacks between them, living on the road for many weeks. Four years later, they started their own winery, and today, they are considered two of the most talented young winemakers of the Swartland. All of their vineyards are tended organically, some by the farmers who own them, and others leased by the couple.