Minimalist Stars in the Dark Syrah 2022

By , 19 December 2023

Sam Lambson of Minimalist Wines keeps a relatively low profile and yet his wines are increasingly talked up by the trendsetters. Stars in the Dark Syrah 2022 is the fifth vintage of his Cape Agulhas wine, the vintage generally cooler and later than usual allowing for extended hangtime. Winemaking, meanwhile, involved one-third whole-bunch fermentation before maturation lasting 12 months in older 228- and 300-litre barrels.

The nose shows floral perfume, red berries and white pepper while the palate is full, rich and ripe – succulent fruit and a smooth texture make this immediately accessible. Alcohol is 14% and I did wonder if this vintage lacks a little freshness and structure.

CE’s rating: 91/100.

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