Lomond Wines 'Conebush' Syrah, Cape Agulhas 2018


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A rich, juicy Syrah showing beautiful balance and elegance, with appealing notes of plum, oak spice and white pepper complemented by finely integrated tannins.

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The estate is located in the Cape Agulhas appellation of origin, at the latitude 34˚34´ South. Altitudes vary, with some blocks at 50 metres above sea level, while others are located around 100 metres’ elevation, with an unhindered exposure to the sea. This single vineyard is planted in south westerly facing blocks on the upper reaches of the farm in sandy, gravelly and highly weathered soils, with a clay substructure. This aspect ensures that these vines are cooled during the summer months by the prevailing winds from the sea. The breezes blow directly off the ocean in both a south easterly and south westerly direction, providing consistent coolness throughout the summer months, with temperatures seldom reaching above 30°C. This cool microclimate creates a slow ripening period, allowing the grapes to build flavour complexity and to produce naturally balanced wines.

The hand-picked and hand-sorted grapes were destemmed and fermented with selected yeasts at controlled temperatures, which peaked at 27˚C. The skins were punched-down by hand and the wine then spent a further three weeks on the skins for optimal extraction of colour and flavour. The free-run juice was gently pressed into first and second-fill French oak barrels. Malolactic conversion occurred naturally, after which the wine was racked. The wine was matured for a period of 18 months in the same barrels. Tastings took place to ensure only the best barrels were selected.

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RRP £29.95
Vintage 2018
Alcoholic strength 14%
Country South Africa
Region Western Cape
Subregion Cape Agulhas
Grapes Syrah 100%
Body C
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic No
Biodynamic No
Closure Cork
Lomond Wines

In 1999, Geoff McIver established the Lomond estate, which is situated on the Agulhas Plain near the southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas – the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans- eight kilometres from the fishing village of Gansbaai and within sight of the sea. The estate takes its name from the Ben Lomond Mountain in the Uilenkraal Valley. Award-winning winemaker Hannes Meyer joined the team and skilfully crafts a portfolio of stunning wines from this top winegrowing region, some of which are named after the indigenous flora, known as 'Fynbos'. The vines are planted on as many as 18 different soil types, which appear naturally in small pockets along the slopes and produce intriguingly complex wines, with flavour profiles that differ significantly from one block to the next. The terroir, climate and location of Lomond combine to create superb single-vineyard wines. The vineyard is sustainably cultivated; Lomond is a member of South Africa’s Integrated Production of Wine (IPW), Wine & Agricultural Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) and the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy.

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