Peter Falke Signature Syrah 2012
By Christian Eedes, 16 April 2014
Peter Falke Wines, the Stellenbosch winery owned by the German sock manufacturer of the same name, has remained pretty low-profile since its first bottling in 2003. However, the accomplished Rianie Strydom was recently appointed consultant winemaker and currently a fuss is being made about the Signature Syrah 2012 – it was scored 97/100 in a recent tasting of South African wine held in Germany using the “certified PAR system” developed by “sensory expert” Martin Darting.
Fermentation occurred spontaneously and skin contact lasted a full 40 days. The wine was then matured for 18 months in a combination of first-, second- and third-fill French oak barrels. It’s a somewhat curious wine, the nose showing a rather heady floral perfume (you’d be forgiven for thinking there’s more than a dash of Viognier in here but apparently there isn’t) as well as red berries, white pepper and a light vanilla note. The palate meanwhile is medium bodied – no great concentration or tannic grip. Likeable but undemanding and rather costly at R220 a bottle.