Irene Waller arrived at La Bri in Franschhoek from Graham Beck in mid-2010 and while she didn’t vinify the wines of that vintage, she was responsible for seeing them into bottle, meaning she could take a little of the credit for the Merlot 2010 winning best in class at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show.
Last night, the Syrah 2010 (R95 a bottle). Including 6% Viognier, it was matured in a combination of 92% French and 8% American oak for 20 months. There’s ripe dark fruit, some floral perfume and spice on the nose while the palate is luscious and soft. Classicists will perhaps quibble over an apparent sweetness; modernists will counter that this adds to the wine’s accessibility. Score: 15.5/20.