Last night Tamboerskloof Syrah 2007, R115 a bottle from Wine Concepts Newlands and our host relating that his purchase partly influenced by how unusual it was to encounter a wine in retail with any sort of maturation.
Tamboerskloof Syrah is the red from Kleinood in Stellenbosch, owned by winery architect Gerard de Villiers and family. They previously used to live in Cape Town suburb Tamboerskloof and hence the name of the wines (the Syrah having a companion in the form of a Viognier).
The 2007 is a blend of 90% Syrah, 7% Mourvèdre and 3% Viognier and spent 20 months in 500-litre barrels. It’s still very much intact with red and black fruit and a hint of spice – no overt perfume which Viognier can sometimes bring but I think the inclusion of the white (plus the sensitive approach to oak) lends a certain winning softness. Score: 16.5/20.