Allesverloren Shiraz 2008
By Christian Eedes, 19 December 2010
Earlier this year the Swartland Revolution was announced suggesting overthrow of the existing order in favour of a new system. Those involved should be careful not to dispense with too much of the district’s history: Allesverloren situated at the foot of the Kasteelberg between Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West dates back to 1704 and in 1872, was acquired by Daniel Francois Malan remaining in the Malan family for five generations.
Shiraz is the red variety from the Swartland that is currently causing all the excitement among aficionados but it is not like this grape has no track record in the region: Danie Malan who has been Allesverloren winemaker since 1987 won the title of Diners Club Winemaker of the Year in 1998 with his 1996 vintage.
The 2008 vintage recently proved interesting drinking, getting better and better over a 72-hour period. On night one, it was very tight and not particularly interesting while on night two, it showed optimally ripe red fruit and spice, becoming even more accessible and not at all oxidized by night three.
Allesverloren isn’t one of the Swartland big-name producers any more, but then the wine doesn’t carry a big-name producer price tag, the wine retailing for around R90 a bottle.