Saronsberg Full Circle 2014

By , 16 August 2016

Dewaldt Heyns, winemaker at Tulbagh winery Saronsberg, considers 2014 to have produced wines less concentrated than usual but his two focus reds, the Shiraz and the Rhône-style Full Circle from this vintage, are no shrinking violets.

Saronsberg Shiraz 2014
Price: R190
Small portion of whol-bunch fermentation. Matured in French oak for 20 months, 90% new. Ultra-ripe black fruit, intense pepper plus notes of fynbos and fresh herbs.  A forceful wine – very rich and full. Sweet on entry but tannins are firm providing a dry finish.

#WinemagRating: 89/100.

Saronsberg Full Circle 2014

Not backwards in coming forwards.

Saronsberg Full Circle 2014
Price: R360
89% Shiraz, 7% Grenache, 3% Mourvèdre and 1% Viognier. Different components initially matured separately for 11 months, the Shiraz in 100% new oak, before blending and being returned to barrel for a further eight months. Red and black fruit, some floral perfume, vanilla, pepper and spice. Full but balanced – pure fruit, fresh acidity and firm but fine tannins. Polished to the point of sleek – a statement wine.

#WinemagRating: 91/100.

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