Dewaldt Heyns, winemaker at Tulbagh winery Saronsberg, considers 2014 to have produced wines less concentrated than usual but his two focus reds, the Shiraz and the Rhône-style Full Circle from this vintage, are no shrinking violets.
Saronsberg Shiraz 2014
Small portion of whol-bunch fermentation. Matured in French oak for 20 months, 90% new. Ultra-ripe black fruit, intense pepper plus notes of fynbos and fresh herbs. A forceful wine – very rich and full. Sweet on entry but tannins are firm providing a dry finish.
Saronsberg Full Circle 2014
89% Shiraz, 7% Grenache, 3% Mourvèdre and 1% Viognier. Different components initially matured separately for 11 months, the Shiraz in 100% new oak, before blending and being returned to barrel for a further eight months. Red and black fruit, some floral perfume, vanilla, pepper and spice. Full but balanced – pure fruit, fresh acidity and firm but fine tannins. Polished to the point of sleek – a statement wine.
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