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Haskell Aeon Syrah 2008

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When do modern-era South African reds peak? When I tasted Aeon Syrah 2008 from Haskell in Stellenbosch two years ago, I thought it was somewhat unapproachable and “in need of some bottle maturation”. A bottle last night was impressive but at the same time pretty much good to go.

A potent wine with dense red and black fruit and massive amounts of spice (coriander seed, pepper). Rich but with a slight briny quality to offset this. Tannins flattening out thanks to time in bottle but still lending some shape and form. Really enjoyable paired with mushroom risotto but I didn’t have any conviction that it was going to get any better. Analysis, for interest’s sake, as follows: Abv 14.47%, RS 2.4 g/l, TA 6.1g/l and pH 3.76.

Score: 92/100.

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  1. Difficult vintage was 2008, particularly for Shiraz. That said, they had lovely aromatics when they were young. I agree that it probably won’t be the longest lived Stellenbosch vintage in recent history, but it will be interesting to see how long they hold their form for. No vintage that we’ve had so far which compares like-for-like.

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