The grapes for Peacock Wild Ferment Syrah are sourced from the coolest, most coastal area of Stellenbosch: The Schapenberg. In this cooler and more windswept area the variety produces lower yields and has a longer ripening time, ensuring balanced flavours and elegant tannins in the finished wine. The Helderberg and Schapenberg are also known for the large expanses of indigenous flora (fynbos and proteas) and fauna such as caracal, bat eared foxes, leopards and of course, peacocks. In fact, four of South Africa's twenty WWF Biodiversity & Wine Initiative Champions (which includes Waterkloof amongest their number) are located on the Schapenberg and Helderberg alone. In addition to sourcing fruit from neighbouring vineyards, there is also a portion of wine from Waterkloof's biodymamic vineyard used in the Peacock Wild Ferment range. Made by Waterkloof's talented young Cellarmaster Nadia Barnard. Balanced, low yielding vines from Schapenberg syrah vineyards are hand harvested. Bunches are sorted and fermented spontaneously with wild yeast, whole-bunch in open top wooden fermenters. Ageing takes place in old French oak barrels before a light filtration and then bottling. No additons other than sulphur. Vegan friendly wine.
Bright red and sour cherries, plums as well as earthy dusty notes and sweet spice on the nose. The palate has lots of creamy fruit, with firm food tannins and a lovely sappy finish. Ripe, savoury flavours which are balanced by the fresh acidity.
Enjoy with venison or other game casserole.