($42) Bright red-ruby. Wild, meaty aromas of black raspberry, smoke, iron and pepper. Juicy and intensely flavored, with compelling sweetness; not especially dense but lovely vinosity gives clarity to the flavors of dark berries, violet, leather and meat. I like this wine Old World texture and weight, not to mention its accurate varietal character. Finishes dense, sappy and long. (Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL)
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
About South Africa
South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting...
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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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