The Giant Periwinkle Kelp Forest Syrah 2013

By , 19 March 2015

Lawyer Pierre Rabie has a garagiste venture called The Giant Periwinkle sourcing fruit from various vineyards in Elim. He says he tries to keep his wine as natural as possible (no acid additions, only older oak) and refers to himself as a “wine facilitator” not a “wine maker”.

Tasting notes and scores for some of his current-release and upcoming wines as follows:

Blanc Fumé 2014
Price: R200 (to be released at the end of March)
Sauvignon Blanc from Zoetendal. Fermented and matured for six months in a third-fill 500-litre barrel. The nose has a floral top note before lime, white peach, black currant. There’s also a hint of something green (nettles?) which adds intrigue. Great palate weight, coated acidity and a subtle savoury quality to the finish. A wine of breadth and depth – properly complex and beautifully poised. Total production: 625 bottles.

Score: 93/100.

Old Lady on the Corner Pinot Noir 2014
Price: R225 (to be released in June)
Grapes from Strandveld. Initially quite closed on the nose but some varietal perfume emerges with time in the glass. Red and black fruit but also an olivaceous quality and a touch of spice. Relatively full on the palate with fresh acidity and a saline finish. A singular rendition of the variety. Total production: 300 bottles.

Score: 90/100.


Maritime wine.

Kelp Forest Syrah 2013
Price: R200
Grapes from Zoetendal. Shy nose. Dark fruit, fynbos and spice. Rich and ripe with moderate acidity and relatively soft tannins. Appealing if not super-complex. Total production: 825 bottles.

Score: 89/100.


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