Rascallion Winemakers Collection new releases
By Christian Eedes, 25 June 2021
Seasoned wine marketer Ross Sleet launched his own brand called Rascallion in 2017 and working with consultant winemaker Rianie Strydom, previously of Haskell Vineyards, has now added a top tier of three wines collectively known as the Winemakers Collection, the individual wines referencing Sleet’s father, mother, and grandfather. Tasting notes and ratings as follows:
Rascallion The Devonian Chenin Blanc 2019
Grapes from the Paardeberg, Swartland. Cut apple, stone fruit, a little nuttiness, and some wet wool character on the nose. Rich and broad on the palate offset by bright acidity, the finish savoury and slightly grippy.
Rascallion A Mother’s Journey Syrah 2018
Grapes from the Helderberg, Stellenbosch. Approximately 20% whole-bunch fermentation. A hint of reduction before red and blackberries, lily, and a touch of pepper. The palate is balanced and avoids any extremes, neither too lush nor too lean. Pure fruit, fresh acidity, and lightly grippy tannins.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
Rascallion Edward Ross 2018
Grapes from Stellenbosch and Paarl. 52% Shiraz, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cinsault and 7% Grenache. Cherries, plums and cassis, pepper, and other spice plus a hint of earth. The palate is glossy and smooth without sacrificing complexity – good depth of fruit, bright acidity, and fine tannins.
CE’s rating: 93/100.
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