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First Sighting Shiraz 2011

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Underdone.
Underdone.

One of the more memorable soundbites from international judge Oz Clarke during the feedback session after this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show was “Elim has the last vineyards in Africa before the Antarctic and the resulting wines must surely be made to taste like this.”

He was bemoaning those who wish to eradicate any “green” character on Sauvignon Blanc and insisting that wines be true to site. But what of Elim’s reds?

Strandveld is one of Elim’s more prominent cellars and last night I sampled the Shiraz 2011 under its second label called First Sighting (R70 a bottle). I’ve enjoyed previous vintages but this disappointed. Red fruit with a pronounced herbal overtone, the wine was medium bodied, tending to lean. Fresh acidity but no real tannic grip and a disconcerting saltiness on the finish.

Score: 82/100.

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