Dornier Siren Syrah 2015

November 23, 2017
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 6 Comments

Philip van Staden, previously of Guardian Peak, has been winemaker at Dornier in Stellenbosch since October 2015 and the range is being submitted to an ongoing process of refinement. Among the current-releases, the following are particularly impressive:

Dornier Donatus White 2016
Price: R195
80% Chenin Blanc, 20% Semillon. Matured for 10 months in French oak, 20% new. A top note of hay before lime, peach and a little earthiness. The palate is rich but balanced, the wine possessing a lovely line of acidity, the finish gently savoury.

Editor’s rating: 93/100.

Dornier Siren Syrah 2015


Dornier Siren Syrah 2015
Price: R142
Grapes sourced from a vineyard on the Simonsberg. Matured for 12 months in mainly older French oak. A compelling nose of red and black fruit, scrub and intense pepper. With striking fruit purity, fresh acidity and nicely grippy tannins, this is one of the finest examples of Syrah from Stellenbosch tasted recently.

Editor’s rating: 95/100.

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  1. KwispedoorNovember 24, 2017 at 7:58 amReply

    As a wine lover, one is often faced with really difficult purchasing decisions. Like, do I drop R426 on three 95-point wines, or do I sell my car and drop R15 000 on three 93-point wines?

  2. David ClarkeNovember 23, 2017 at 12:49 pmReply

    Obviously not making the wines any more, but well done Jeanine Craven on the Syrah! :)

    • Hennie TaljaardNovember 23, 2017 at 4:05 pmReply

      does that mean it could possibly be a one-off?

      • ChristianNovember 23, 2017 at 4:12 pmAuthor

        Hi Hennie, I’m happy to report that the 2016 as made by Van Staden is in bottle and looks very promising.

  3. jonathan snashallNovember 23, 2017 at 9:45 amReply

    prices correct?

    • Francois TheunissenNovember 23, 2017 at 11:20 amReply

      Dear Mr Snashall,
      The prices listed are indeed correct – as per our cellar door prices at Dornier.

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