5 Stars by Platter’s Wine Guide 2023
Appearance: The wine has a medium intensity, yielding vivid ruby hues that become lighter as it reaches the rim of the glass.
Nose: It is governed by an expressive amalgamation of red fruit such as currents, cranberry, and red plum. Yet, the delicate nuances of grounded pink peppercorns and sandalwood exude a magic scent that allures you. A floral note of potpourri and white tea adds elegance, shaping a dainty personality that galvanises the wine as an unadulterated version of the varietal made with little interference. Primary driven in its youth with subtle oak spice and fruit-butter adding a secondary richness, the wine is still in its infancy.
Palate: The wine is dry with a medium-plus, mouth-coating acidity. The medium tannin polishes the wine beautifully, leaving a fine-grained chalky texture. The alcohol contributes to this medium-bodied, dependent on the subtle play of the tannin and acidity to give it structure and definition. As far as flavour intensity goes, the palate exudes black cherry with red fruit playing second fiddle to flavours of tomato leaf, oregano, and the cool herbaceous note of white teas seasoning the wine. A medium-plus finish with a salivating salinity completes the wine. Some say Shiraz, some say Syrah. We don’t really care what you call it, as long as you enjoy it as much as we do.
Syrah is known to perform well across the diverse wine regions of South Africa, offering the robust fruit expression of a typical Shiraz or the genteel savouriness of a Syrah.