90 Points | International Wine Cellar , April 2009
red-ruby. Mulberry, dark cherry, licorice, wild herbs, chocolate and a
whiff of game on the nose. Lush and deep but not at all heavy, with
sexy, varietally accurate flavors of dark berries and smoked meat. This
really expands and gains in sweetness toward the back. The broad
finish features substantial ripe tannins. A mouthful of syrah for the
price. Incidentally, with this vintage the variety on the label was
changed from shiraz to syrah, which is much more reflective of the
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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