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Joostenberg Shiraz Viognier 2005


Yesterday lunch in with Tyrrel and Anette Myburgh of Joostenberg in the 1756 manor house (see pics here) and I was reminded once again how much I enjoy these generally unflashy and food-friendly wines.

A particular stand-out was the Shiraz Viognier 2005, supposedly a 93:7 blend but Tyrrel let on that this would have been a very rough approximation as only the Viognier skins that were used.  Fermentation occurred spontaneously and the wine was matured for 10 months in 500-litre French oak barrels

A wine showing red fruit, fynbos and dried herbs. Only 13.5% abv so admirably medium bodied and nicely savoury overall. Still very much alive and kicking and an excellent accompaniment to Anette’s oxtail stew.

Score: 91/100.


  1. I wish I had some of the Fairhead 2005 left. 2005 was a great vintage at Joostenberg and many of the wines have kept particularly well. The 2005 nlh is my favourite Joostenberg wine. I suppose I have some biase. …


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