South Hill Cool climate Wines
Consistently quality driven, accessible, unpretentious drinking wines of good value
South Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2021 R115.00 per bottle
Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyards: The 2021 Sauvignon Blanc was made from a steep south facing block which is between 250 and 300 meters above sea level. The vines, clone SB 316 planted on Richter 99 root stock were planted in November 2003 and yielded 9,5 tons per hectare.
Harvest Date: 2nd & 5th March 2021 at 23 degrees balling.
Winemaking: All grape bunches were sorted before being destemmed. The berries were then sorted and crushed. The juice was then pressed off the skins immediately. Flotation was employed and the juice was inoculated a day after processing with Alchemy II yeast. Fermentation was completed at a constant 14 degrees and then the wine was left on the gross lees for 2 months to add richness and weight to the palate.
Wine: The 2021 vintage is exceptionally fresh with aromas of blackcurrant, granadilla and granny smith apples. The palate follows the aromatics and is wonderfully crisp natural acidity and juicy tropical fruits displaying a fresh elegance which is the hallmark of cool climate Sauvignon Blanc. This is an extremely balanced wine which is drinking well in its youth but which will gain complexity over the next 18 to 24 months. Great on its own but also well suited to being enjoyed with a wide variety of foods.
Analysis: Alc: 13.81% R.S. 1.9 g/l T.A. 6.2 g/l pH: 3.29 V.A.:0.41
Production: 1080 x 12 bottle cases
South Hill Syrah Dry Rosé 2020 R100.00 per bottle
Variety: 100 % Shiraz
Vineyards: The Shiraz vines, clone SH21K, were planted on Richter 99 root stock in 2005. The yield from this block was 9.5 tons per hectare.
Harvest Date: 4th and 5th March 2020 at 22.5 balling.
Winemaking: This wine was made from grapes which were specifically harvested with rosé in mind and was not made from ‘bled juice’, a by product of red wine making. This allowed us to harvest at a balling which would translate to a respectable alcohol. The fruit was destemmed, crushed and received an average of 1 hour skin contact in the press before the pressing cycle commenced. This limited skin contact period was conducted in order to minimise harsh phenolics and give the wine an attractive bright cherry hue.
Wine: Refreshingly dry, the nose bursts with ripe cherry, strawberry and sweet candied fruit aromas followed by a soft, juicy palate which despite its softness, finishes enticingly clean. Delicious on its own, this wine is also a surprisingly versatile food partner and can be enjoyed with anything from fragrant, lightly spiced curries through to desserts such as strawberry panna cotta.
Analysis: Alc: 13.57% R.S. 1 g/l T.A. 5.1 g/l pH: 3.6 V.A. 0.32
Production: 900 x 12 bottle cases
South Hill Pinot Noir 2018 R185.00 per bottle
Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyards: The Pinot Noir vineyard was planted in 2007 on a steep south east facing section of the farm. Both 115 and 777 clones were selected and yields were only 7.5 tons per hectare.
Harvest Date: 21st February 2018 at 22 balling.
Winemaking: The grapes were cold macerated at 14 degrees centigrade for 24 hours before yeast inoculation. During fermentation, the wine was punched down regularly to ensure soft tannin and flavour extraction. After fermentation was completed, a basket press was used to separate it from the skins. The wine was then sent to 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill French oak barrels for 18 months where malolactic fermentation was completed.
Wine: The wine has a beautiful fragrant nose of spice and berry fruits, layered with earthy notes so typical of Pinot Noir grown in an environment ideally suited to its sensitivities. The 2018 was a particularly delicate vintage, lighter in both colour and alcohol than previous years, but no less complex. An understated wine that is both accessible but also cerebral for those who have fallen prey to ethereal charms of Pinot. This wine can be enjoyed now but will gain depth and complexity over the next 2 years.
Analysis: Alc: 13.25% R.S. 1.2g/l T.A. 5.4g/l pH:3.50 V.A. 0.78
Production: 200 x 12 bottle cases
South Hill Syrah 2019 R160.00 per bottle
Variety: 100% Syrah
Vineyards: The Syrah vineyard was planted in 2005 on gently sloping section of the farm. Clone SH21K was selected on Richter 110 rootstock.
Harvest Date: 19 March 2019 at 24.4 balling.
Winemaking: All the grapes were sorted then fermented in small, half ton fermenting bins. During fermentation, the wine was punched down regularly to ensure soft tannin and flavour extraction. After fermentation was completed, a basket press was used to separate it from the skins. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was sent to 4th fill French oak barrels for 12 months.
Wine: A beautifully balanced Syrah with ripe fruit forward nose with typical Syrah spiciness, subtle oaking and clean fresh berry fruits. Medium bodied with soft tannins make for a deliciously juicy Syrah which honours the grape’s European heritage whilst maintaining a strong sense of Elgin’s unique terroir.
This wine can be enjoyed now but will gain depth and complexity over the next 2 to 3 years.
Analysis: Alc: 14.7% R.S. 2g/l T.A. 6.2g/l pH:3.51 V.A. 0.59
Production: 565 x 12 bottle cases
South Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 R155.00 per bottle
Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards: The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon was made exclusively from a gently north facing block. The vines, clones CS 388, CS 163 and CS169 planted on Richter 99 root stock were in their fifth leaf and yielded 5 tons per hectare.
Harvest Date: 1st of April 2019 at 23.5 balling.
Winemaking: All the grapes were sorted then fermented in small half ton open fermenters. Punch downs were conducted three times a day to ensure soft tannin and flavour extraction. After fermentation was completed, the wine was pressed off the skins in a basket press and sent to tank to complete malolactic fermentation before going to barrel for 12 months. Only French oak barrels were used, no new wood, mostly 3rd fill and older.
Wine: The wine has bright, fresh aromas of mulberry and black cherry together with subtle hints of vanilla imparted by the judicious oaking regime. The palate is fruit driven with lively red berry fruit and an elegant minerality. Ripe soft tannins characterize the 2019 vintage which make for a wine that should age with elegance. Excellent acid integration makes it great food partner with sufficient body to hold its own against full flavoured dishes, as well as rewarding to savour on its own. This wine will reward patience and should peak 4 to 5 years after harvest.
Analysis: Alc: 14.1% R.S. 1.9 g/l T.A. 6.4 g/l pH:3.67 V.A. 0.67
Production: 430 x 12 bottle cases
South Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2018
A crisp, cool climate wine with generous passion fruit and
South Hill Dry Rosé 2018
A fresh, dry and vibrant salmon
South Hill Pinot Noir 2016
South Hill Syrah 2016
South Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
This is a medium bodied wine with great aging potential. Aromas of black cherry and cassis dominant. Minimal new wood allows for a deliciously supple wine which is fresh without being herbaceous and has a lingering finish leaving you yearning for another glass.
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