“The name has several meanings to me. It is not only a reminder of some sage advice from my grandfather who always told me that if you want to make a success of something you need to put in the hard yards and graft (depicted by the man working in the top left hand corner). The word also refers to how two individual parts can be grafted together to form a stronger and more meaningful whole as shown by the vines being grafted in the image. The honeybee and finch are both very hardworking and despite not always knowing if what they are doing will work, still graft and get it done. The stamp is a reference to our South African heritage.”
Polkadraai hills,South Africa,
Bottle size: 750 ml,
In The Cellar
The fruit was 100% whole bunch fermented and left to start fermenting naturally with one punch down per day performed. After pressing, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel and Italian concrete. The wine were blended together after 10 months in barrel and bottled right after. No enzymes or commercial yeast was used in making the wines.
In The Vineyard
The syrah is planted on very granitic soils on the polkadraai hills.
"This pretty Syrah shows a deep broody aromatics with layers of rose water, lavender, violets, red plum, red cherry, and scented talc. The palate shows incredible intensity and fine chalky tannins with a power and precision, or as Lukas says, “Cote Rotie meets Polkadraai Hills!” A multi-layered, texturally stimulating Syrah that’s incredibly perfumed, intense, and quite profound. One of Lukas’s most sophisticated wines without doubt." (97+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)