In no particular order:
Trizanne TSW Syrah 2018:
Beautifully ripe and fresh black and red fruits on the nose accompanied by some aromatic spice – black pepper and cardamom – with some dust and warm earth undertones. On the palate, the fruit is persistent and abundant. Lovely concentration without being overly “heavy”. The fine-grained tannin keeps building in the mouth and with the balanced acid provides a classy framework for the pure red fruit to express itself. A beautiful wine.
Thorne & Daughters Copper Pot:
Great cheap Pinot Noir doesn’t exi……
Whatever. This one is incredible.
The wines are matured for 9 months in a mix of older small French oak barrels to avoid a dominant oak character, and round out their structure before blending and bottling.
Reenen Borman Kottabos Grenache Syrah
68% Grenache and 32% Syrah. Red and black fruit, floral perfume somewhere between rose and lavender and wild herbs on the nose. Pure fruit, fresh acidity and fine tannins – very well handled but not quite as thrilling as the 2017. Alcohol: 13%.
Kleinhoekkloof Syrah 2018
‘Disturbance Red’ is made by one of the Cape’s most revered white-wine producers based in the Hemel-en-Aarde (though he sources fruit all over the map).