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Koelfontein, Shiraz, Ceres, 2019

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Koelfontein, Shiraz, Ceres, 2019

This terrific Shiraz, given 20 months in new French barrels, is spectacular. Youthful purple. Ripe black fruit and coffee aromatics. So bold and vibrant, a gorgeous sweet cassis gush - with a hint of blueberry - but also brightened by juicy... Read More

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Koelfontein, Shiraz, Ceres, 2019

ColourRed

RegionCeres

GrowerKoelfontein

Grape VarietyShiraz

Vintage2019

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeKOE619

Style

Full-bodied

Light > Full

Koelfontein

Ceres

I discovered the Koelfontein Chardonnay a couple of years ago by ordering a delicious bottle on the terrace of The Tulbagh hotel.

I had never heard of it – nor indeed any wine estate in Ceres, which is much better known as a fruit growing centre. The Conradie family, the seventh generation farmers who own Koelfontein, have abundant orchards, but they also own the...

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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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Koelfontein, Shiraz, Ceres, 2019

This terrific Shiraz, given 20 months in new French barrels, is spectacular. Youthful purple. Ripe black fruit and coffee aromatics. So bold and vibrant, a gorgeous sweet cassis gush - with a hint of blueberry - but also brightened by juicy acidity and backed by plentiful ripe tannins. Very long. Cries out for beef or lamb, grilled or roasted. Now-2025

The Conradie family, the seventh generation farmers who own Koelfontein, have abundant orchards, but they also own the only vineyard in the Ceres Plateau district, just six hectares split between Chardonnay and Shiraz on the steep, south facing slopes of the Gydo pass just north of Prince Albert Hamlet.

The family launched their own wine label in 2002. They currently employ Dewaldt Heyns, winemaker at famed Saronsberg in nearby Tulbagh and one of the elected Cape Winemasters Guild, to make these tiny production wines. The style is unabashedly new world, ripe, big and bold and well-oaked: we were excited to introduce this estate to the UK market.

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