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Syrah on Shale 2019

The Landscape Series of wines is an authentic representation of our top vineyards, as well as a few old vine treasures. We wanted the labels to reflect this and decided to commission local artist and friend Niël Jonker to capture the spirit of our Overberg landscapes.

The idea behind having two Syrahs is to represent the two major soil types prevalent at Gabriëlskloof. Our sandstone vineyards produce a Syrah that is elegant and aromatic while the heavier shale soils offer fruit concentration and depth.

Peter-Allan Finlayson, Winemaker



The 2019 vintage is one of exceptional quality across the board. Conditions were cool leading up to harvest with the drought easing but still generally dry leading to another year with low yields. However, the smaller bunches and berries have resulted in concentrated, characterful and age-worthy wines, and this shines through in the quality of our Landscape Series wines.

Vineyard notes

The fruit comes from a single Bokkeveld shale site on the Gabriëlskloof property. A high clay component allows for excellent water retention and a resultant riper fruit profile in the wine. Another factor that has a significant influence on our terroir is wind, and this vineyard site faces the full brunt of the south-easterly wind, providing just enough stress for the vines to show their true colours.


The fruit was hand-picked into small crates and transferred directly into our cold room, where it remained overnight. About 50% of the crop was destemmed, with the rest left as whole clusters. The wine was fermented wild in small, open-top fermenters with extended post-fermentation maceration. Aged in 500L barrels for 18 months, with 10% new French Oak used.

Tasting note

A complex and alluring vintage that combines the savouriness of truffles, wet earth and thyme with black cherries and baked rhubarb. Grippy tannins and a salted liquorice aftertaste add a moreish texture to the finish. Fresh, tense and upright, this wine will age beyond 2028.

Technical Analysis

Alk: 14.83% | RS: 3.4g/l | pH: 3.63 | TA: 5.7g/l


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