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Saronsberg Full Circle 2014


Dewaldt Heyns, winemaker at Tulbagh winery Saronsberg, considers 2014 to have produced wines less concentrated than usual but his two focus reds, the Shiraz and the Rhône-style Full Circle from this vintage, are no shrinking violets.

Saronsberg Shiraz 2014
Price: R190
Small portion of whol-bunch fermentation. Matured in French oak for 20 months, 90% new. Ultra-ripe black fruit, intense pepper plus notes of fynbos and fresh herbs.  A forceful wine – very rich and full. Sweet on entry but tannins are firm providing a dry finish.

#WinemagRating: 89/100.

Saronsberg Full Circle 2014
Not backwards in coming forwards.

Saronsberg Full Circle 2014
Price: R360
89% Shiraz, 7% Grenache, 3% Mourvèdre and 1% Viognier. Different components initially matured separately for 11 months, the Shiraz in 100% new oak, before blending and being returned to barrel for a further eight months. Red and black fruit, some floral perfume, vanilla, pepper and spice. Full but balanced – pure fruit, fresh acidity and firm but fine tannins. Polished to the point of sleek – a statement wine.

#WinemagRating: 91/100.

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