Gabriëlskloof Swartrivier Shiraz 2010
By Christian Eedes, 25 April 2014
Gabriëlskloof is the wine farm owned by former coal miner Bernhard Heyns just outside Bot River. The winemaker is Kobie Viljoen, previously of Spier, and I’ve always found the wines to be in quite a modern idiom.
The Reserve range Swartrivier Shiraz 2010 (R200 a bottle) is again a pretty slick offering. There’s some Mouvèdre and Viognier in the mix and the wine spent 12 months in mainly French but also some American oak barrels, all new before another 10 months in second-fill French oak.
You’ll find ripe black fruit, pepper and toasty oak. It’s big, bold and rather thick textured but bright acidity stops it from being overwhelming. True to type and not ungratifying but I suspect it’s unlikely to get more interesting with time.