Spot review: Shiraz

By , 23 September 2011



Top of the class.

A selection of recently received Shiraz samples tasted sighted and scored according to the 20-point system:

Graham Beck Chalk Board Series #4 Shiraz 2008
Wine of origin Paarl – 14% abv
A well judged wine showing all the varietal character you could want. Red and black berries as well as vague smoky, meaty character on the nose. On the palate, there’s juicy, pure fruit, fresh acidity and fine tannins. Layers of flavour including pepper and spice. Relatively long finish.
Score: 16/20

Swartland Bush Vine Shiraz 2010
Wine of origin Swartland – 14.5% abv
Typical of the district, this wine shows slightly baked dark fruit, fynbos and liquorice. Medium to full bodied and well balanced. Good line of acidity, firm but fine tannins. Relatively long finish.
Score: 16/20 (revised up from earlier tasting – see here)

Joubert-Tradauw Syrah 2008
Wine of origin Tradouw – 14% abv
An idiosyncratic offering, the nose shows ripe red fruit and just a hint of development. The palate is medium bodied with fresh acidity and soft tannins. There’s an appealing savoury edge to the finish.
Score: 15.5/20

Knorhoek Shiraz 2009
Wine of origin Stellenbosch – 14.5 abv
Dark fruit and a slight rubbery note on the nose. The palate is rich and full with fresh acidity and firm tannins. Pepper character present but not very pronounced. Sturdy and somewhat lacking in nuance.
Score: 15.5/20

Seven Springs Vineyards Syrah 2010
Wine of origin Overberg – 14% abv

Very primary. Super-ripe dark fruit, oak as well as some floral fragrance on the nose. The palate is concentrated (almost liqueur like in taste and texture) with tart acidity and lots of tannic grip. Currently unresolved, needs time to settle down.
Score: 15/20

Backsberg Pumphouse Shiraz 2007
Wine of origin Coastal – 14% abv
Red fruit, vanilla and slight nutty quality on the nose and palate. Medium bodied and without any great complexity. Seems at its peak – drink up.
Score: 14.5/20


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  • Tim Pearson20 October 2011

    Christian, thanks for the feedback on our Syrah 2010. I was aware when we sent you the wine that it still needs a good 6 months to develop in bottle. The grapes are from exceptionally young vines (3rd leaf / 3rd year vines) and it will be fantastic to see how the wines from future vintages change in complexity and structure as the vines age. I felt it would be good for you to be able to try the wine early so you too can follow it’s journey and development……’s a bit like watching your children grow up, full of suprises.

    Tim Pearson

    Seven Springs Vineyards

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