Trizanne Signature Wines Syrah Grenache 2013
By Christian Eedes, 22 April 2014
Trizanne Barnard’s involvement as winemaker at the ambitious Stellenbosch project Anwilka between 2005 and 2008 suggested that here was a winemaker to watch. She subsequently went on her own, mainly producing bulk wine for export but also founding her own Trizanne Signature Wines label. Current releases as follows:
TSW Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Approximate retail price: R85
W.O. Elim, 95% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% barrel fermented Semillon. Notes of lime, white peach and some white pepper on the finish. Obviously cool-climate in its origins but nothing hard or astringent about it – manages to transverse both “green” and “fruity” styles of Sauvignon Blanc.
TSW Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013
Approximate retail price: R155
W.O. Elim, 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon, both portions barrel fermented. Super-intense with notes of blackcurrant and white peach. It has presence rather than weight and the acidity is nicely coated. Seems a bit callow and should show even better 12 months from now.
TSW Syrah Grenache 2013
Approximate retail price: R100
W.O. Swartland, 78% Syrah, 22% Grenache. Red and black fruit, white pepper and spice. Also a hint of reduction but more a point of interest than a flaw. Well balanced and not too polished – a touch of earth and nicely grippy tannins. Heaps of personality and great quality relative to price.