There’s much to like about the Syrah Reserve 2012 from Radford Dale made exclusively for Woolworths. Stylistically, it’s new wave exhibiting fruit more than oak, not being too heavily extracted and possessing a moderate alcohol of 13.5%.
From Helderberg vineyards, the wine underwent spontaneous fermentation and was matured for 16 months in 300-litre and 500-litre barrels, 97% French and 3% American, 25% new.
It’s accessible without being facile. Oodles of red and black berries but also notes of white pepper, spice and fynbos. Structurally, it’s medium bodied with bright acidity and just the right amount of tannic grip. And perhaps the nicest thing of all about it is that it comes in at under a hundred bucks – R99.95 to be precise.