The Francophile – Syrah 2012

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The Francophile – Syrah

Technical Information:TheLib Franco Syrah

Producer: De Morgenzon
The Wine: 100% Syrah
Vintage: 2012
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Alcohol: 14%
Bottles: 8,640 bottles










The Francophile marks a departure for The Liberator since this latest release is neither an Episode nor a Special Edition. In this instance, Rick has commissioned the making of this young vine Syrah, rather than liberating an existing parcel. It’s intended to be sustainable, repeatable and created to be enjoyed copiously in the knowledge that it is not subject to the finite quantities imposed by The Liberator Episodes.

Francophile-SYRAH-fHand-picked from the weathered granite soils on the cooler south-east facing slopes of the Bottelary Hills, these grapes were sourced with Rick’s Francophile palate in mind. For the benefit of those anoraks among you, the wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks (using indigenous yeasts), incorporating around 15% of whole bunches to help retain both fruit and freshness. After enjoying a two week post-fermentation maceration, the young wine was drawn-off into concrete tanks where it underwent the malo-lactic fermentation, before being aged for a further 12 months and then bottled (without filtration) in March 2013.

Francophile-SYRAH-backAsk Rick which wine The Francophile Syrah most resembles and he’d probably compare it to a young Crozes-Hermitage. Full of vibrant red-black fruit and with an aromatic nose reminiscent of Saint-Joseph lilies, the result is a thrilling young red that is free of the constraints and manipulated flavour profile that come with barrel-ageing. This is a very pure and naked example of the Syrah grape. Dangerously drinkable on release, it could be expected to age for three to five years in bottle.

Afrikaans Lesson #185:
De Morgenzon – Meaning The Morning Sun, De Morgenzon is the home to both The Francophile Chenin Blanc and Syrah. The name granted to the farm by Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel in 1699. Such is the altitude and the orientation, De Morgenzon is the first property in Stellenboschkloof to benefit from the early morning rays.

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