Minimalist Wines Stars in the Dark Syrah 2018
By Christian Eedes, 2 October 2019
Elim Shiraz/Syrah is topical after the De Grendel 2017 from grapes grown in this ward emerged as best wine overall with a rating of 95 in the recent Shiraz Report. Another example of the variety from here that is causing a stir is the Minimalist Wines Stars in the Dark 2018 as made by Sam Lambson, a University of Stellenbosch oenology student. This apparently showed very well at the recent New Wave tasting in London and you can see why.
Entirely whole-bunch fermented and no sulphur added the nose shows lifted notes of cranberry and raspberry, bramble and white pepper while the palate is light-bodied with lemon-like acidity and fine tannins, the finish gently savoury. A balanced nicely downplayed drop. Approximate retail price: R300 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 91/100.
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