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Faraway House Shiraz 2008

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Not completely out of reach.

Faraway House is apparently so distant and remote that I hadn’t encountered it prior to a recent visit to Hermanus merchant Wine Village. The property was established in 2002 and is situated on the south eastern slopes of the Ratelberg about 6km north of Villiersdorp and 10km due east across the mountains from Franschhoek and the vineyards grow at altitudes between 420m and 510m above sea level on shale mixed with some clay.

What caught my attention about the maiden vintage Shiraz 2008 is that the winemaker was the affable Nicolas Follet, a consultant from France whose clients include Colmant, L’Ormarins and Rupert & Rothschild. The wine spent 12 months in French oak, a third new. It shows red and black fruit and bright acidity; good concentration, admirably dry but I hope for just a little more nuance. A decent enough drop at R86.45 a bottle retail. Score: 15.5/20.

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