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Domaine des Dieux, Syrah-Mourvèdre, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2017

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Domaine des Dieux, Syrah-Mourvèdre, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2017

Made by Syrah specialist Niels Verburg of nearby Luddite, full-flavoured and meaty, but also smooth, offering fresh blackberry, a lick of sweet oak and middle eastern spice. Now-2023 The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, which translates as Heaven on... Read More

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Domaine des Dieux, Syrah-Mourvèdre, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2017

ColourRed

RegionHemel-en-Aarde Ridge

GrowerDomaine des Dieux

Grape VarietySyrah & Mourvedre

Vintage2017

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

DietaryVegan

CodeDDD817

Style

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Domaine des Dieux

Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, which translates as Heaven on Earth, rises prettily from just west of Hermanus.

When we first visited in 2003 the wineries, notably Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson, were all in the lower part of the valley, but more recently plantings at the top of the valley - higher, drier, with warmer...

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Shiraz / Syrah

Shiraz / Syrah  

Powerful, black-fruited, often aged in oak, syrah/Shiraz comes in varying styles but at the top (such as Hermitage) can be spectacular and very long-lived.

There is no question that Syrah is now the most fashionable red grape for new plantings in many New World countries, especially South Africa and Chile.

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Domaine des Dieux, Syrah-Mourvèdre, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2017

Made by Syrah specialist Niels Verburg of nearby Luddite, full-flavoured and meaty, but also smooth, offering fresh blackberry, a lick of sweet oak and middle eastern spice. Now-2023

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, which translates as Heaven on Earth, rises prettily from just west of Hermanus. When we first visited in 2003 the wineries, notably Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson, were all in the lower part of the valley, but more recently plantings at the top of the valley - higher, drier, with warmer days but cooler nights - have increased. Enjoying naturally low pH soils, and moderate temperatures, cooled by winds from the ocean, this really is a sweet spot in the Cape.

Domaine des Dieux is a small estate just above Ataraxia at the very top of the valley in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge zone. The farm, with vineyards on the slopes of the Babylon's Toren mountain, was bought in 2002, with an initial focus on making the first sparkling wines in Hemel-en-Aarde (and boy have they succeeded) but still Chardonnay and Pinot Noir followed. Des Dieux have an interesting model: they have 20 hectares of unirrigated vines but no cellar (and no electricity on site either!). Winemaking of each of the wines is overseen by a specialist winemaker in local cellars.

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