2010 Rudi Schultz Wines Syrah Stellenbosch
Producer: Rudi Schultz Wines
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Origin: South Africa
Region: South Africa
91(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013
Good bright medium ruby. More perfumed on the nose than the 2009 version, offering scents of dark berries, dark chocolate and pepper. Then plush and ripe in the mouth, with highly concentrated flavors of dark berries, truffle and chocolate. More backward and tightly coiled than the comparatively full-blown 2009, and distinctly darker in character. Finishes with substantial tooth-coating tannins and excellent length. Still unwinding.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
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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