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Noble Hill Sic Transit Gloria Mundi 2011

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$ 44.00 per bottle

Grape 100% Syrah
Appellation South Africa
Oak 24 months in French oak
Production 312 bottles
Residual sugar 2.4 g/l
Sustainable Integrity and sustainability certified

From Latin, "so passes the glory of the world." This wine is grown, selected, sorted, crushed, fermented, matured, and bottled in respect of natural processes. Only 312 bottles were made.

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi is selected for rare intensity, clarity of expression, and potential to reflect the estate’s underlying viticultural principles. The vineyard selected in 2011 has deep granite-rich soils with large stones, boulders, and breaks which require the vines to develop deep root systems and produce complex, multi-layered wines.

Weather during the 2011 growing season was moderate and consistent. The berries ripened evenly and developed high phenolic concentration.

This wine was harvested by hand into 18kg lug boxes and sorted manually for consistency, ripeness, and the removal of leaves from the bunches. The destemmed bunches were fermented in a 600 liter stainless steel tank with daily remontage and délestage. The wine is composed entirely of free run juice. Following racking, the wine was matured for 24 months in a 225 liter French oak barrel. Prior to bottling, the wine was fined with the whites of two eggs. Minimal sulphite addition has yielded a wine ready to drink now and with a total sulphite level of less than 30 g/hl.