2009 Rudi Schultz Wines Syrah Stellenbosch
Producer: Rudi Schultz Wines
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Origin: South Africa
Region: South Africa
90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013
Good deep ruby-red. Wild aroma of dark berries, licorice and pepper. Sweet and lush on the palate, with fat flavors of musky plum, mocha and chocolate liqueur; not a gamey style of syrah. Conveys an impression of rather soft acidity but the silky palate is given lift by a peppery quality. Finishes with serious but suave tannins and a surprisingly restrained sweetness.
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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