Strandveld The Navigator 2012

By , 9 September 2014

Strandveld The Navigator 2012, Strandveld The Navigator 2012

Land ahoy!

Elim may be maritime but it’s still pretty close to the equator as winemaking regions go. It’s latitude is 34.6⁰ S compared to 45⁰ N for Hermitage, and  this being the case, perhaps blends are more likely to provide complexity than single-variety wines.

I’ve always liked the Syrah from Elim producer Strandveld well enough but a bottle of 2012 vintage Rhône-style red blend The Navigator had an extra something about it.

A blend of 59% Shiraz, 25% Grenache, 9% Mourvèdre and 7% Viognier, it was matured for 22 months in French oak, 100% new. Red and black fruit, a subtle floral note, spice and white pepper. Good fruit concentration without being too weighty, fresh acidity and fine tannins – the oak remarkably well assimilated. Price: R168 a bottle.

Score: 91/100.

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