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Cluver-Schaal Dry Red Reserve 2011 vs. Julien Schaal Syrah 2012

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Terroir explored.
Terroir explored.

Julien Schaal makes wine both here and in Alsace. His South African wines consist of a Chardonnay and a Syrah under his own label as well as a Syrah in partnership with Paul Cluver. Last night the Julien Schaal Syrah 2012 made with grapes sourced from Hemel-en-Aarde and the Cluver-Schaal Dry Red Reserve 2011 from Elgin.

Cluver-Schaal Dry Red Reserve 2011
Price: R120

Red and black berries, some fynbos (“garrigue” if this were French) and lavender on the nose. Sweet, ripe fruit, soft but sufficient acidity and crunchy tannins. Very attractive.

Score: 89/100.

Julien Schaal Syrah 2012
Price: R120

Red and black berries, pepper plus a hint of reduction on the nose. Strikingly pure and fresh even if quite slight on the palate. Tannins, meanwhile, are rather fine making for a wine of elegance typical of Elgin.

Score: 89/100.

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