Yo El Rey Grenache/Syrah 2019
Angelo van Dyk is the winemaker for Yo El Rey. He is London based, where he has been working as a sommelier for the past 6 years. Originally from South Africa, he launched Yo El Rey in 2017 to give him the opportunity to make wine in his home and too reconnect with African soils, but still remain rooted in London, a place he considers to be ground zero for the global wine game.
The 2019 vintage is a 60% Syrah (Stellenbosch, Elsenburg) / 40% Grenache Noir (Bot River) Blend. The Syrah is conventionally farmed, but outrageously healthy and more concentrated than the 2018 fruit. Definitely more meatiness and spice components shining through, more akin to the Northern Rhone. The Grenache Noir block is organically farmed, and just pristine fruit. It’s concentrated and elegant and working with this block makes the work in the cellar a dream. With both the varieties, ran a few fermentations with varying whole bunch components to add different complexities and layers to the wine. Everything was spontaneously fermented. It was then pressed to old 225l and 300l barrels and aged for about 11 months before a fining, rough filtration and bottling in February. Total production is 2700 bottles.
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