The motivation behind this name is taken from the awe-inspiring sunsets in this special part of the world, which create, quite literally, the illusion of a blazing hill.
Hand picked at 24.3 degrees balling, 8 tons of Syrah grapes were hand sorted before being crushed, de-stemmed and gently pumped into a closed stainless steel vat. Left to cold macerate for 24 hours, the ‘must’ was then inoculated with a Rhone yeast and fermented on the skins at up to 30 degrees Celsius. The ferment was pumped over 3 times a day and the cap was punched down with a stainless steel plunger. After fermentation, the vat was closed off for 3 weeks before being pressed and placed into barrel for ageing. Racking took place twice, and the wine was lightly filtered before bottling.
WINE & VINTAGE “Blazing Hill” 2006
VARIETIES 100% Syrah
APPELLATION Coastal (100% Helderberg, Stellenbosch)
YIELD 6.5 tons / hectare
AGE OF VINES 9 years
PLANTING Trelissed and irrigated, 2,800 vines per hectare
SOIL Hutton & sand on granite
ANALYSIS Alc. 14.38% TA 5.5g/l ph 3.63 RS 1.8g/l
FSO2 49mg/l TSO2 81mg/l VA 0.56 TE 28.1g
MATURATION 20 months in French oak barrels (35% new oak)
PRODUCTION 530 (6 x 750ml.) cases
$42.00: per bottle
$240.00: case (x6)