What stylistics predominate at the top-end of the South African Shiraz category? For a reference point, look no further than the 2010 vintage from Constantia property Eagles’ Nest – 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s plus, double gold at Veritas 2013 and 93 Parker Points.
Matured for 16 months in French oak, 50% new, the wine demands your attention. Fantastic aromatics including red and black berries, a floral note, smoked meat, pepper and spice. On the palate, there’s great depth of fruit, moderate acidity and fine tannins. Is it too dense and weighty? It certainly right on the edge but ultimately it’s not unbalanced – the complete package when it comes to New World Shiraz.
I do think however it’s starting to turn, which is to say, show some tertiary character, and wouldn’t necessarily keep it much beyond 2016. Price: R229.99 a bottle from Liquor City Claremont.