Rall Red 2013
By Christian Eedes, 9 July 2015
Why do SA’s whites tend to outperform its reds? It’s a question again posed by Donovan Rall’s red blend from the 2013 vintage. It’s blend of 85% Syrah and 15% Grenache from Swartland vineyards; 40% whole-bunch fermentation and maturation lasting 18 months in older oak and you’d have to say all looking good on paper…
Nice aromatics of red and black fruit, flowers, herbs and spice. Rich and round on the palate with moderate acidity and soft tannins – nothing unduly “stemmy”. There’s a generosity about the wine and it’s remarkably easy to drink but it simply doesn’t have the same complexity that his white constitently delivers. Wine Cellar price: R245 a bottle.