Maybe I’ve become more tolerant of “laissez-faire winemaking”, maybe The Winery of Good Hope team have upped their game when it comes to their organically farmed, no sulphur added Nudity Syrah.
While I quite liked the 2012, I wasn’t entirely convinced and some discussion between Winery of Good Hope proprietor Alex Dale and me about the merits of natural winemaking followed (see here). For whatever reason, I didn’t get to taste the 2013 and 2014 but the current-release 2015 is entirely compelling.
The nose is wild and racy – red fruit, dried herbs, charcuterie and white pepper. The palate meanwhile is medium bodied – there’s more fruit concentration than the 12.5% alcohol might suggest – with lovely freshness and crunchy tannins. As for the finish, this is saline in quality and extremely long. Beautifully balanced and very more-ish. Wine Cellar price: R310 a bottle.
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