Foothills Vineyards Syrah 2016
Foothills Vineyards Syrah 2016


Tasting Notes

Very easy to like, yet there is complexity, underlying layers and structure: maraschino cherry intensity and plum compote, with tobacco leaf savouriness and a fain hint of scrub. Unlike previous vintages, no Viognier in 2016.
Ticks all the boxes, plush ripeness, succulent and ultra-smooth. The oak is well chosen, 14 months older barrels designed to add flavour and gentle grip, but essentially to fit in seamlessly, never intrude, Of the two Shiraz wines in the range, this one is for immediate enjoyment, is complete and ready. Has the credentials for a few years ageing, for those with cellars.


Blend Information
100% Shiraz

Food Suggestions
Elegant, supple and streamlined, it nevertheless has a firm enough savoury finish to handle rich dishes, or ensure good ageing potential.

In The Vineyard
Located in the foothillsof thetowering Helderbergmountains, a mere 6km from False Bay and within sight of the Atlantic Ocean, these relatively high altitude vineyards enjoy the full benefit of cooling sea breezes and rolling ocean mists. The southern sloping, well-drained sand, gravel and granitic clay soils contribute to an ideal terroir promoting a natural balance between the vigour of the young vines and their yields.

About The Harvest

Age of Vines: Planted in 2008 and 2009
Clone: Shiraz: SH9
Yield: 6 tons/ha

Grapes are handpicked at 22.5° to 23° Balling in the morning when the weather is cooler, and placed in small lug boxes which reduces compaction and damage to the fruit. The grapes are then hand sorted on sorting tables.

In The Cellar
Our experienced winemaker, Bernard Le Roux has been a part of the Foothills team since early 2014 and is passionate about producing site specific wines which reflect our unique terroir. The wine lay for 12 months in 100% French Oak barrels of which 20% were new wood and the balance being 2nd and 3rd fill barrels. We use only 225 litre barrels for our Syrah.


Other Vintages
Wine Wine Maker Main Variety
Foothills Vineyards Syrah 2015 Bernard le Roux Shiraz
Foothills Vineyards Syrah 2014 Bernard le Roux Shiraz
Foothills Vineyards Syrah 2013 Bernard le Roux Shiraz
Foothills Vineyards Syrah 2012 . Shiraz