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First Sighting Shiraz 2008

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Unassuming.

Judging the Shiraz category at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show last week, I despaired at how many examples seemed overblown with big alcohols (14.5% and up) as well as significant residual sugar. Strandveld in Elim might be attracting attention for its white wines but its Shiraz is not to be overlooked – last night the 2008 under second label First Sighting really impressed for its understatement. Red cherry, herbs and pepper on the nose while the palate was almost light-bodied but really flavourful and fresh. Includes 1% Viognier (which obviously makes all the difference). Matured for 12 months in 300-litre barrels, 20% new. Abv 13.5%, RS 2.9 g/l, TA 5.6g/l, pH 3.4. Score: 16/20.

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  1. Interesting to note that the last Wine Mag Shiraz Challenge winner was Lands End Syrah 2008, also from Elim. Alan Mullins commented that the wine was a two bottle wine…not showy, or blockbuster or a in need of food in order to have more than 2 glasses. I am sure the same applies to the  First Sighting Shiraz 2008 and hence the reason I bought a few bottles.

  2. On this topic, I’ve made mention before of the great value offered by the De Morgenzon DMZ Concerto 2008 (mainly Shiraz). Such freshness and clear fruit and all that at a guzzable 13% alc. Yesterday, I read that their 2009 vintage weighs in at 14.7% ABV – this, from a much cooler vintage. *&@$@#/$ 

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