Julien Schaal makes wine both here and in Alsace. His South African wines consist of a Chardonnay and a Syrah under his own label as well as a Syrah in partnership with Paul Cluver. Last night the Julien Schaal Syrah 2012 made with grapes sourced from Hemel-en-Aarde and the Cluver-Schaal Dry Red Reserve 2011 from Elgin.
Cluver-Schaal Dry Red Reserve 2011
Red and black berries, some fynbos (“garrigue” if this were French) and lavender on the nose. Sweet, ripe fruit, soft but sufficient acidity and crunchy tannins. Very attractive.
Julien Schaal Syrah 2012
Red and black berries, pepper plus a hint of reduction on the nose. Strikingly pure and fresh even if quite slight on the palate. Tannins, meanwhile, are rather fine making for a wine of elegance typical of Elgin.