Oldenburg Vineyards Syrah 2012

Packs a punch.

Packs a punch.

The Syrah 2012 from Stellenbosch property Oldenburg Vineyards received a gold medal as well as being judged the best example from South Africa at the recent International Wine Challenge. High-profile UK wine critic Tim Atkin is co-chairman of this competition and he insists that gold is equivalent to at least 95 on the 100-point scale so this wine must be considered a serious proposition.

So what did I make of it? It does indeed tick all the boxes of top-end Syrah. Red and black fruit, purple flowers, pepper and spice. Powerful and polished with super-concentrated fruit, bright acidity and a smooth texture (15% abv and 18 months in 75% French and 25% American oak, 50% new). Immaculately executed but not a wine to put a song in your heart or a tear in your eye. Price: R200 a bottle.

Score: 91/100.

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  1. Irene ReidSeptember 16, 2016 at 7:18 pmReply

    Got this wine as a gift for a favour…. it was it the words of a legendary chef , Chrstina Martin, orgasmic…
    The next question is where to we buy this?

  2. Shane GordonJuly 4, 2015 at 5:51 pmReply

    Hi Christian

    Might be a tad more accurate to use the word “my” instead of “your” in the second to last line. It obviously did put a song in the heart and a tear in the eye of the judges at the IWC.

    • ChristianJuly 6, 2015 at 9:15 amReplyAuthor

      Fair enough!

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