I nominated the Syrah 2008 from Scali in the Voor-Paardeberg for 5 Stars in the 2012 edition of Platter’s but unfortunately my colleagues didn’t agree with me. Be that as it may, I’m happy to report a bottle opened last night showed beautifully.
Typical Syrah aromatics of red and black fruit, fynbos and a slight meatiness. Good palate weight – the wine has an abv of 14.5% so it’s not without heft – but tangy, lemon-like acidity ensures balance. What was striking is how little development the wine shows – the fruit definition is still really good. Maturation was 24 months in French oak, 20% new and there’s some deft winemaking here. I was given cause to wonder: If Scali was WO Swartland, would it enjoy a higher profile?