Lammershoek Syrah 2008
By Christian Eedes, 18 January 2011
Lammershoek in the Swartland is top of the pops at the moment thanks to the 2009 vintage of its white blend Roulette Blanc being rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011. A major success like this serves as impetus to reconsider the rest of the wines in the range, and we recently drank the property’s Syrah 2008.
Its price tag of R120 a bottle suggests that those behind it consider it a relatively serious offering but I have to confess to being a little underwhelmed. The wine shows super-ripe fruit on nose and palate and seems to be short on freshness and tannic grip.
This is a common failing for me of many examples of the district’s Shiraz even though they are generally much celebrated. Others at the table were enamoured with just how fruit-forward the Lammershoek was but I could have done with more complexity. New winemaker Craig Hawkins apparently promises more restraint going forward, which can only be a good thing.