The hallmark of Trizanne Barnard’s wines seems to be her utter respect for fruit – what she makes is hardly mainstream but it isn’t wilfully alternative, either. Released this week is the Syrah Reserve Syrah 2013 – grapes from Elim, destemmed but not crushed, matured for 14 months in old French oak.
The nose is delicately complex. Red and black fruit, lavender, cured meat, a touch of oak spice. The palate, meanwhile, is medium bodied with pure fruit, bright acidity and nicely grippy tannins making for an understated and gently savoury drinking experience. The wine seems very youthful and my guess is that it needs at least 12 months before it starts showing anything like its true potential. Approximate retail price: R175 a bottle.