A selection of recently received Shiraz samples tasted sighted and scored according to the 20-point system:
Graham Beck Chalk Board Series #4 Shiraz 2008
Wine of origin Paarl – 14% abv
A well judged wine showing all the varietal character you could want. Red and black berries as well as vague smoky, meaty character on the nose. On the palate, there’s juicy, pure fruit, fresh acidity and fine tannins. Layers of flavour including pepper and spice. Relatively long finish.
Swartland Bush Vine Shiraz 2010
Wine of origin Swartland – 14.5% abv
Typical of the district, this wine shows slightly baked dark fruit, fynbos and liquorice. Medium to full bodied and well balanced. Good line of acidity, firm but fine tannins. Relatively long finish.
Score: 16/20 (revised up from earlier tasting – see here)
Joubert-Tradauw Syrah 2008
Wine of origin Tradouw – 14% abv
An idiosyncratic offering, the nose shows ripe red fruit and just a hint of development. The palate is medium bodied with fresh acidity and soft tannins. There’s an appealing savoury edge to the finish.
Knorhoek Shiraz 2009
Wine of origin Stellenbosch – 14.5 abv
Dark fruit and a slight rubbery note on the nose. The palate is rich and full with fresh acidity and firm tannins. Pepper character present but not very pronounced. Sturdy and somewhat lacking in nuance.
Seven Springs Vineyards Syrah 2010
Wine of origin Overberg – 14% abv
Very primary. Super-ripe dark fruit, oak as well as some floral fragrance on the nose. The palate is concentrated (almost liqueur like in taste and texture) with tart acidity and lots of tannic grip. Currently unresolved, needs time to settle down.
Backsberg Pumphouse Shiraz 2007
Wine of origin Coastal – 14% abv
Red fruit, vanilla and slight nutty quality on the nose and palate. Medium bodied and without any great complexity. Seems at its peak – drink up.