The Landscape Series is a range of five wines that show the best of Gabriëlskloof's vineyards, together with some special old vine treasures, and aims to give an honest representation of the elements that make them unique. We wanted the labels to reflect this approach and commissioned Niël Jonker – well-known for his landscape panels painted on location – to capture the spirit of our Overberg landscapes.
The fruit for the Syrah on Shale 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.
Depth and intensity on the nose, with blue flowers, blackberries and grilled meat nodding towards Coté Rotie. The palate is plush and concentrated with darker fruit from cassis alongside kalamata olives and black pepper. Vibrant acidity balances the fruit weight for a long, complex finish and augurs well for ageing.