Edgebaston Syrah 2017

Technical Analysis

Winemaker - David Finlayson
Main Variety - Shiraz
Alcohol - 14.13 %vol
pH - 3.51
RS - 2.6 g/l
Total Acid - 5.7 g/l
Volatile Acidity - 0.76 g/l
SO2 - 49 mg/l
Free SO2 - 15 mg/l
Appellation - Stellenbosch


Type - Red
Style - Dry
Body - Full
Taste - Fragrant


Syrah 2015
-Platter Guide 2017:  4 Star Platter

Syrah 2014
-Gold:  International Wine Challenge 2016
-Trophy:  Vitis Vinifera
-93 points:  Tim Atkin SA report

Syrah 2013
-Platter Guide 2015:  4 Star Platter
-90 points:  eRobert Parker
-Platinum:  SAWi 2015
-Gold:  Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards

Shiraz 2008
-Platter Guide 2012:  4 Star Platter
-Commended at International Wine Challenge 2011

Shiraz 2007
Not produced

Shiraz 2006
-Platter Guide 2010:  4 Star Platter

Shiraz 2005
-Platter Guide 2008:  4 Star Platter
-91 points:  Wine Spectator

Shiraz 2004
-Double Gold Michaelangelo International Wine Awards
-4 ½ Star Platter

Tasting Notes

The aim with this wine has been to make a classic styled Syrah leaning more towards its European heritage.  White pepper, violets, mulberry and smoky vanilla notes on the nose are backed up by a bracing freshness and dry, ripe tannins on the palate.

Ageing Potential

A smoky, complex meat and spice character gives a long aftertaste that shows the promise of at least 5 to 8 years ageing before this wine reaches its optimum drinkability.

Blend Information

100% Shiraz

In The Vineyard

Soil Type: Malmesbury Shale on deep red clay.

About The Harvest

Mid-February to March 2017 in batches

In The Cellar

Bunches hand sorted and de-stemmed.  In some tanks 5% stems added back to ferment.  Fermentation in 6000 litre tanks.  3-4 pump-overs per day. 2 weeks maceration on skins.  Malolactic fermentation in barrel.  Maturation period, 14 months in 225 and 300 litre barrels.

30 % New French Oak – Nevers, Allier; Medium Toasted
70% 2nd  and 3rd Fill French Oak – Medium Toast

Other Vintages

Wine Wine Maker Main Variety
Edgebaston Syrah 2017 David Finlayson Shiraz
Edgebaston Syrah 2015 David Finlayson Shiraz
Edgebaston Syrah 2014 David Finlayson Shiraz
Edgebaston Syrah 2013 David Finlayson Shiraz
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