False Bay “Old School” Syrah

South Africa, Stellenbosch

4.33 out of 5
(3 customer reviews)

Excellent value Shiraz, full yet elegant. Flavours of cassis, black cherry and a little bit of pepper. Good structure provided by fine tannins and a long rich, ripe finish.”

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Grapes are sourced from the Swartland and Paardeberg regions. The Swartland region is well known for its shale soils which allow for good drainage. This encourages the roots to go digging for moisture and ensures a naturally lower yield. These wines have a great tannin structure and supple fruit. To add to the blend, a site on the mountain slopes of the Paardeberg was selected as it was higher up and rooted in decomposed granite soils, which lend an elegant side to our wine combined with lovely fruit acidity.

Grape Variety

100% Syrah

Grapes are hand harvested, then the juice is fermented spontaneously with wild yeast (partially whole-bunch) and raised in large wooden casks (or 'foudre' en Francais). No additions other than sulphur as a preservative.

Alcohol Percentage



Named after Cape Town’s False Bay – geographically on the other side of the city to Table Bay - it’s this large sweeping bay that’s in full view from the famous Waterkloof estate where the wine is made. The False Bay range further extends the property’s portfolio, with wines that offer character and capture the Cape terroir and place at an affordable, everyday price. Fruit is sourced from across the Cape and the wines are crafted by a passionate team led by winemaker Nadia Barnard, a traditionalist at heart and custodian of the Waterkloof Cellar.

Food Match

Ideal with spicy dishes, red meats and rich Mediterranean dishes

In the press

'Alc 14%. From two Stellenbosch vineyards, one planted in 2000 and the other in 2005. Matured in foudre. The nose shows dark fruit, lavender and pepper plus some not unpleasant reduction. Rich and flavourful on the palate with dense fruit, bright acidity and relatively soft tannins'. – Christian Eedes, Winemag, 89/100

3 reviews for False Bay “Old School” Syrah

  1. ryanbrady1981
    4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Lovely mid-week special, fruity slightly dry, and excellent with roast lamb. Will buy again.

  2. Will
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Genuinely shocked at the amazing value of this wine. It is a superbly full bodied fruity shiraz. Was lovely with a slow cooked lamb. I’d gladly get a crate of 12 of this such was it’s flavour and price. Don’t miss out on this one!

  3. Oscar
    4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Great value everyday wine. Rich and peppery.

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