2017 Olifantsberg Silhouette

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Type of Wine Red
Country South Africa
Region Breedekloof
Appellation Breedekloof (Appellation)
Winery Olifantsberg
Vintage 2017
Grape Carignan Grenache Mourvedre Syrah-Shiraz
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13.5%)
Drink window 2021 - 2028
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Olifantsberg Family Vineyards is less than an hour's drive from Cape Town, in the middle of South Africa's Breedekloof wine region. This small, five-hectare wine estate has been owned by the Dutch Leeuwerik family since 2003. The Olifantsberg vineyards are located on the slopes of the Brandwacht Mountains. Thanks to the high location and the almost constantly blowing wind, there is a cool microclimate. Ideal conditions for the production of top quality grapes! The vineyard is worked with respect for nature. The vines are organically fertilized and the yield in the vineyard is deliberately kept low. All this with the aim of harvesting optimally ripe, healthy and concentrated grapes of high quality. After the manual harvest, these grapes are taken to the newly built vinification cellar. Here too, winemaker Elizma Visser lets nature do its work. After crushing the grapes, a traditional skin soaking follows and the grapes are fermented. After this, they are matured in oak barrels, about a third of which are renewed annually. Olifantsberg wines are therefore perfectly balanced with beautifully dosed oak in aroma and taste.

This handmade wine is based on Syrah with small additions of the bush grapes Grenache, Carignan and Mourvèdre. Natural fermentation took place in open barrels. The maturation took place in French oak Foudres and barrels for 10 months. This is a great Syrah with the typical spiciness and a beautiful minerality as a result of the almost unique terroir. In the glass the wine has a beautiful deep red color with beautiful tears. It is concentrated, almost opaque in color and possesses a lush bouquet of red currants, ripe cherries, plum compote, black olives, graphite, and a host of herbs and spices that even a Hermitage would be proud of. The wine is very pure and pure with red fruit such as blackberry and raspberry, herbs and pepper in the nose. The wine is also in a class of its own on the palate: spicy but ripe tannins, a firm structure, beautifully integrated and dosed wood notes and a controlled fruitiness. Of course, this powerhouse also has the spiciness that is so typical of syrah-dominated wines. These spices even give a sexy touch to the dazzling finale. A top wine!

The Silhouette won gold at the most prestigious wine competition in South Africa, namely The OLD MUTUAL TROPHY WINE SHOW, where it won 1st prize for Best Shiraz-based blend and received no less than 93/100 points. This is very special for a young winery such as Olifantsberg. In addition to the focus on quality, low returns and passion, the most important thing for a good wine is the terroir. In contrast to Stellenbosch, for example, which is on the other side of the gorge, the Breedekloof is an almost Priorat-like terroir with a lot of slate. This explains the beautiful mineral tones in Olifantsberg wines.

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Olifantsberg Family Vineyards is less than an hour's drive from Cape Town, in the heart of the Breedekloof wine region in South Africa. This small, 5 hectare winery has been in the hands of the Dutch Leeuwerik family since 2003. The Olifantsberg vineyards lie on the slopes of the Brandwacht Mountains. Thanks to the high altitude and the almost constant blowing wind, there is a cool microclimate.

Ideal conditions for the production of top quality grapes! The vineyard works with respect for nature. The vines are organically fertilized and the yield in the vineyard is deliberately kept low. All this with the aim of harvesting optimally ripe, healthy and concentrated grapes of high quality. After the manual harvest, these grapes are brought to the newly built vinification cellar. Here too, winemaker Elizma Visser lets nature do its job. After crushing the grapes, a traditional peel maceration follows and the grapes are fermented. After this they are aged in oak barrels, of which approximately one third is renewed annually. The Olifantsberg wines are therefore perfectly balanced with beautifully dosed oak in aroma and taste.


The fact that we are talking about a great winery here is evident from the fact that their wines receive very favorable reviews. The Silhouette won gold in 2015 at the most prestigious wine competition in South Africa, namely The OLD MUTUAL TROPHY WINE SHOW and won the 1st prize for Best Shiraz-based blend and received no less than 94/100 points. This is very special for a young winery such as Olifantsberg. In addition to the focus on quality, low yields and passion, it certainly plays a role that these wines receive these high ratings. In contrast to, for example, Stellenbosch, which is on the other side of the gorge, this is the Breedekloof an almost Priorat-like terroir with a lot of slate. This explains the beautiful mineral tones in the Olifantsberg wines.

More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country South Africa
Region Breedekloof
Appellation Breedekloof (Appellation)
Winery Olifantsberg
Grape Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah-Shiraz
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2017
Drinking as of 2021
Drinking till 2028
Alcohol % 13.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Promotion Tier Price
Parker rating 93
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard
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