Minimalist Wines is all about making quality wine with minimal intervention. It’s about focusing on the varietaIs that [rising star wine maker] Sam Lambson is passionate about (chiefly cool climate Syrah), about treating them gently in the cellar and then allowing nature to shine.
Working closely with farmers who share his passions for Syrah and precision viticulture, the idea is to provide a snap-shot of Cape Syrah in a given year and to fuse the results in a bottle.
In other words, to Connect The Dots.
This first vintage hails from two vineyards in Elgin and a site on the Helderberg in Stellenbosch.
100% whole bunch fermented it was gently basket-pressed to older 300L French Oak barrels for 10 months, then matured in bottle for a further 12 months before release.
The blend is made up of three almost equal parts, with the Helderberg lending red fruit and floras, underpinned by a grippy graphite, textured tannin, and the soils of the Elgin parcels displaying a more luxurious, plummy profile. There’s a lighter lavender and pepper from the shale, a darker, more savoury note from the sandstone and collectively, they showcase just how well Syrah thrives in South Africa’s cooler Cape climates.