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.