(82% shiraz, 16% mourvedre and 1% each cinsault and viognier): Bright, moderately saturated red. Peppery red fruits and tree bark on the nose, perfumed by botanical herbs. Then surprisingly sweet--almost syrupy--in the mouth, with strawberry, licorice and pepper flavors complicated by a saline element and lifted by lively acidity. The red fruit flavors are framed by a peppery, herbal edge on the back end. A very good value.
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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