#311 Torero & Pasiphae Syrah 2022

TECHNICAL SPECS

🔬 Wine of Origin Stellenbosch. 100% Syrah. Clone SH99. The fruit comes from a vineyard planted into decomposed Granite soils at  300m ASL. The slope has an eastern aspect, which avoids afternoon sun, rendering the solar radiation on a par with the famed Cote Rotie in the Northern Rhone.
The grapes are all kept as whole bunches, although some of the grapes are foot-stomped prior to fermentation. Fermentation and maceration took place over 10 days, with one pump-over per day taking place to sustain cap health, not to extract further. After fermentation the wine was replaced into old 500L French oak barrels for 10 months. Malolactic conversion was spontaneous.
Bottled on 16th December 2022 | 1292 bottles + 28 magnums |
1.02g/l RS | 4.75g/l TA | 3.81pH | Alc 14.37% |

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Nothing has changed since I last pledged my undying love to the Syrah Vineyaards of the highlying Polkadraai vineyards of Stellenbosch. They are still sought after by some of South Africa’s most globally lauded winemakers, and they are still producing some of the most critically acclaimed Syrahs in the country. If one looks exclusively at the 2024 Platter’s results, at least four of the 14 five-star Syrahs come from this tiny little ward in the heart of the South African winelands. And that’s without mentioning the wines like the Damascene Stellenbosch Syrah, which I view to be amongst the best this country has seen in recent times.
Today’s wine of the day, the Torero Pasiphae Syrah 2022 is another wine that I’d like to see added to the list of pedigreed productions. It is the result of a happy marriage between wine-preneur Fernando Rueda of Rueda Wine Company (importer, distributor, retailer, and private cellar), and resident Karibib winemaker Angus Paul. The end is a fascinating lighter-styled rendition that will have Syrah-simps desperate to get their hands on more.
Now, if you have yet to sign up for your Monthly HanDrinksSolo Wine Subscription then you’ll have to hunt this wine down in your own time. But until then, I’ve left my tasting notes and some technical specs:

TASTING NOTES

👃🏼 The nose is delightfully dynamic with salty black olives, herbal tomato leaf and spicy rocket leaf…which then opens up further to let through seams of cloves, violets, white pepper, and wild blackberries.
👄 The palate is moderately weighted, with light but grippy tannins, which provide channels for the turbulent flow of herbs, spices and fruit that follows. There is a persistent tussle between the sweet and savoury in this wine which makes for absolutely FASCINATING drinking. The wilder blackberry elements grow delightfully entangled with herbal rocket and tomato leaves, laced with brighter fresher raspberry and cranberry notes. The texture is a contrast all in itself, in that the fruit is fairly lush, with a creamy hint of malolactic conversion…but this is right up against some really delightfully young grippy grape skin tannins.
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