Connect The Dots Blended Syrah 2020

By , 10 January 2022

Stars in the Dark, an Elim Syrah as made by Sam Lambson of Minimalist Wines, has impressed on the few occasions I’ve encountered it while Connect The Dots is another bottling  of his, grapes sourced from various sites to provide an overview of the variety as grown in the Cape.

In the case of the 2020, grapes come from the Helderberg and Polkadraai areas of Stellenbosch as well as Darling and Elgin, some whole-bunch fermentation undertaken before maturation lasting 14 months in neutral oak.

The nose shows a little roasted coffee-like reduction before red and black berries, olive and hints of pepper and spice while the palate has impressive depth and texture given a moderate alcohol of 13.5% – layers of subtle flavour, moderate acidity and soft, powdery tannins. Price: R262 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 91/100.

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