Badger & Mountain Syrah Mantra 2020

By , 30 July 2021

Adrian Strydom is giving up his clothing business to pursue his own wine label called Badger & Mountain, a percentage of sales going to the Endangered Wildlife Trust to help with the conservation of the Cape honey badger.

He started with two entry-level blends made from grapes grown on Lemberg in Tulbagh but has subsequently added a Swartland Syrah, grapes from Franziska Wickens and winemaking by MC Stander, operating out of the cellar that used to be home to The Observatory Wines on the Boschgaasfontein property.

It’s a terrific effort (winemaking involving 100% wholebunch fermentation before 14 months maturation in older oak). Heady aromatics of red berries, musk, fynbos, olive brine and white pepper while the palate has great depth of fruit, bright acidity and fine tannins. Very well balanced and basically delicious. Total production is 900 bottles and price to be confirmed.

CE’s rating: 94/100.

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