First things first folks – check this label out! How beautifully drawn is this Nguni cow – who in fact is the namesake of the Survivor Wines (more on that later)?
This fun and free-spirited wine range akin to the hardy character of the indigenous Nguni cow, has launched its first Wild Yeast Syrah.
A dark, full-bodied wine with luscious layers of violets, blackberries and spice, Survivor Wild Yeast Syrah 2017 entices with soft, supple tannins. This 100% Syrah was fermented in 500L French oak barrels using only naturally occurring yeasts. After extended skin contact for 60 days, the wine was left to mature in 3rd fill French oak barrels for 12 months.
“Mind, body and soul – this is how wine is really made without the use of commercial yeasts so that we can experience the true taste of terroir,” says winemaker Ben Snyman about this unbridled expression of Syrah. He enjoys the wine most with spicy stir-fry pork, leg of lamb or chicken and spare ribs on the braai.
Survivor has a Wild Yeast Chardonnay in a similar style. The 2018 vintage will be released later this year.
Survivor takes its name from the tale of a fearless Nguni cow that jumped off an open bakkie while being transported from one Swartland farm to another, landing unscathed in the middle of a vineyard. A metaphor for brave choices, the story of the Nguni cow continues to inspire this intrepid wine range from Overhex Wines International.
Survivor Wild Yeast Syrah 2017 is available at selected outlets countrywide and sells at the cellar door price of R185.