Peter Falke Wines, the Stellenbosch winery owned by the German sock manufacturer of the same name, has remained pretty low-profile since its first bottling in 2003. However, the accomplished Rianie Strydom was recently appointed consultant winemaker and currently a fuss is being made about the Signature Syrah 2012 – it was scored 97/100 in a recent tasting of South African wine held in Germany using the “certified PAR system” developed by “sensory expert” Martin Darting.
Fermentation occurred spontaneously and skin contact lasted a full 40 days. The wine was then matured for 18 months in a combination of first-, second- and third-fill French oak barrels. It’s a somewhat curious wine, the nose showing a rather heady floral perfume (you’d be forgiven for thinking there’s more than a dash of Viognier in here but apparently there isn’t) as well as red berries, white pepper and a light vanilla note. The palate meanwhile is medium bodied – no great concentration or tannic grip. Likeable but undemanding and rather costly at R220 a bottle.