Joostenberg Syrah 2012 vs Joostenberg Klippe Kou Syrah 2013

By , 1 September 2015

Joostenberg Syrah 2012 vs Joostenberg Klippe Kou Syrah 2013, Joostenberg Syrah 2012 vs Joostenberg Klippe Kou Syrah 2013

Less is more.

Tyrrel Myburgh, winemaker at Paarl winery Joostenberg, seemed mildly surprised when I professed to like his 2013 Syrah (which now bears the moniker “Klippe Kou” on account of how rocky the vineyard) more than the 2012.

Both feature about 30% whole bunch fermentation and both have an alcohol by volume of 14% so not much to separate them on the face of it, however the wine from the supposedly lesser 2013 seems to be a truer reflection of all things Joostenberg than that from the celebrated vintage of 2012.

Joostenberg Syrah 2012
Price: R130
Black fruit, a certain olivaceousness and spice. A plush wine with plenty of fruit concentration and a smooth texture. Arguably a bit short on refreshment.

Winemag rating: 88/100.

Joostenberg Klippe Kou Syrah 2013
Price: R130
More red than black fruit and definite white pepper character. Medium bodied with clean, pure fruit, lemon-like acidity and firm but fine tannins.

Winemag rating: 90/100.

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