“It keeps pulling you back into the glass,” says Lukas van Loggerenberg of this stunning Syrah, and I know what he means. Fermented with 100% whole bunches, it’s a red for northern Rhône fans, an elegant, pepper spicy stunner, with lovely definition, 30% new wood, racy acidity and understated intensity. 96/100 Tim Atkin MW
In the vineyards
The syrah is planted on very granitic soils on the Polkadraai hills.
In the cellar
The fruit was 100% whole bunch fermented and left to start fermenting naturally with one punch down per day performed. After pressing, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel. The barrels were blended together after 10 months in barrel and bottled right after. No enzymes or commercial yeast was used in making the wines.
The name has several meanings to me. It is not only a reminder of some sage advice from my grandfather who always told me that if you want to make a success of something you need to put in the hard yards and graft (symbolised by the man working in the top left hand corner) but also symbolises how two individual parts can be grafted together to form a stronger and more meaningful whole as shown by the vines being grafted together. The honeybee and finch are both very hardworking and despite not always knowing if what they are doing will work still graft and get it done. The stamp symbolises our South African heritage.
W.O Polkadraai hills
Soil: Granite rich soils
Alcohol Vol%: 13.5%
Total acidity: 5.2g/l