Wandering Beeste, Syrah, WO Swartland, South Africa, 2013
Selected whole bunches go through a wild yeast fermentation over 6 months in old oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Natural cork closure, 13%, from Slurp UK, about £14
Rated outstanding in Decanter December 2014 issue.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity purple, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas of rich ripe black fruit – berry, currant and spicy cherry, with black pepper, a low-key herbaceous note, and hints of liquorice, wood and struck match.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, medium (+) ripe tannins with a moderate gummy grip, medium alcohol and a medium body, of medium (+) intensity, with a smooth texture, and flavours of sweet ripe blackcurrant and black berry, with spicy black cherry following. A medium (+) length with a clean, yet grippy and fairly simple finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, with a harmonious balance between acidity and tannins on the one hand and alcohol with flavour intensity on the other. A good level of flavour concentration, though showing a low-key herbaceous note, quite complex and developing, with a spicy character and a decent length, but with a simple finish. Youthfully purple in colour now, this wine will benefit from, and continue to develop in cellar for 3-5 years.