I suppose it’s commendable when a competition panel rewards lightness over heaviness as seems to have been the case when the First Sighting Shiraz 2012 from Elim property Strandveld emerged as one of the top 12 out of 202 entries at the recent Shiraz SA Challenge but really this is a very modest wine.
The nose shows a floral top note (thanks to 6% Viognier) before red and black fruit plus a little pepper and spice. On the palate, it’s sweet-fruited with fresh acidity and soft tannins. In no way offensive but lacking in detail. Price: R78 a bottle.