Strandveld Syrah 2008

Spice is nice.

Spice is nice.

A lot gets written about Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvigon Blanc-driven blends from Elim on account of the particular pyrazine character they present, but less so about the reds from this ward.

Last night a Syrah 2008 from Strandveld, an Elim pioneer, proved good drinking. A blend of 95% Shiraz, 3% Viognier, 1.5% Grenache, 0.5% Mourvèdre, it had a subtle but complex nose of red fruit, white pepper, spice and fynbos. On the palate, it appeared medium bodied while a savoury, salty quality to the finish which seemed to set it apart from most other growing areas. Very drinkable but perhaps a year past its best – a bit fuzzy around the edges.

Score: 88/100.

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