Haskell II 2009

By , 21 October 2011

Haskell II 2009, Haskell II 2009


Haskell II 2009, Haskell II 2009


Haskell II 2009 is the new red in the range from the Stellenbosch property where Rianie Strydom is winemaker and at R160 a bottle is aimed at the punter who wants to have the Haskell experience but might find Aeon Syrah 2008 at R290, Pillars Syrah 2008 at R400 and Bordeaux blend IV 2007also at R400 out of reach.

The name “II” is a reference to the principal varieties namely Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, blends from these two varieties well established in Australia. Strydom says she was initially reluctant to pursue such a wine as she prefers to work within the French tradition and combining Cab with Shiraz is not one which has much endorsement from the French, at least not officially.

She’s come around, however, The Expatriate 2009 which sold at the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction this year featuring 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Shiraz (fetching an average price equivalent to R270 a bottle).

The generally available II, meanwhile, is a blend of 50% Shiraz, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% of Mourvèdre from the 2010 vintage added to give “another twist” to the blend. It spent 15 months in French oak, 40% new. I noted red and black fruit as well as mocha on the nose and palate. This is a rich, lush, opulent wine with moderate acidity and smooth, soft tannins. Very good in its style but not particularly to my taste. Score: 16.5/20.


1 comment(s)

  • Shane Gordon22 October 2011

    During my annual tour of the Cape Winelands in January 2011 I stopped in at Haskell Vineyards one afternoon well in time for a tasting of their wines as advertised in Platter and at the security gate of the estate. I was the only car in the parking area and proceeded to the tasting area but found this to be locked tight. I then proceeded to the cellar in the event I was in the wrong place. On my way I met the Lady winemaker also on her way to the cellar and was rather ingratiously informed they were shut. That was the welcome I experienced from Haskell. Having driven some way to visit the Estate I was more than disappointed both with the fact they were shut during their advertised opening hours and with the winemaker’s contemptious dismissal. I am pleased tthat someone was able to get a tasting of and report on their wines but sadly I will pass on the purchase or promotion of their wines or use of their restaurant myself. Wine drinking is very much about sharing and its enjoyment and the points accrued by a wine are very much based on the memories left which can be relived in the future. It would be wise for any grower or agent to keep these thoughts in mind when dealing with potential or existing customers.

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