Top-end South African reds are typically characterised by their fruit concentration, sometimes to the point of being over-whelming, but when a wine comes along that isn’t super-dense, then against myself I find myself questioning its worth.
The Jakkalsfontein Shiraz 2011 (R185 a bottle) from the Fairview is no exactly a shrinking violet but doesn’t have the same grunt as its single-vineyard stablemates Eenzaamheid 2010 and The Beacon 2010. While the latter two are from Paarl, it originates from a Swartland vineyard planted in 1997. Maturation took place in French oak for 20 months, 30% new.
An undoubtedly attractive wine. Red berries and spice on the nose and palate. Medium bodied with pure fruit, fresh acidity and fine tannins. For a while, I wondered about a slight lack of substance but ultimately its buoyancy and liveliness won me over.