South Africa / Stellenbosch
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2017 Jordan Chameleon Syrah

Jordan Wine Estate

Stellenbosch

A complex flavour spectrum of violets, sweet ripe plums and wild scrub with nuances of crushed pepper and bay leaf. Maturation in oak adds a spicy smokiness to the savoury fruitcake finish.


Viticulture

The distinct ravine which embodies Stellenbosch Kloof harnesses all the qualities of a well-orientated compass. Varying elevations and aspects allows us to grow a selection of classic varieties to specific sites that optimise this expression through their location. The cooler south- and east-facing aspects, unique in Stellenbosch, hosts the more sensitive and aromatic white-skinned grape varieties.

Stellenbosch Kloof enjoys a cooler Mediterranean climate with maritime influences from False Bay, 14km to the south, and a refreshing breeze channelled from the West Coast’s Benguela current 24km to the north-west. These two breezes culminate at the top end of the ravine and bring in early morning mists, especially from False Bay. Consequently, temperatures in our meso-climate can be measured at least 3° Celsius cooler than inland Stellenbosch during ripening periods. This adds a unique characteristic to Jordan wines.

Soil - Decomposed granite and loam.
Age of Vines - 11– 26 years
Harvesting - Grapes harvested between 3rd and 20th March 2017 at 24.5 balling.


Vinification

The wine was matured for 9 - 16 months in new and used French oak barriques (225L).


Recommendation

Perfect with Italian food; pizza, pasta or enjoy on its own!