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Reyneke Organic Syrah, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2011

reyneke-stellenbosch-syrah-2011_1David Williams, writing in The Observer, celebrated three wines from South Africa this week. One of his picks was this “evocative” Syrah.

He said: “Perhaps the biggest leap made by South African wine, however, has been with its reds. And there was plenty of room for improvement. When I first visited the country in 2002, my abiding palate-memory was of a dirty ashy quality that had more to do with bad winemaking and poorly managed vines than, as some South Africans said, the unique Cape soil.

“You can still find that flavour, and not only in the bargain basement, but it’s increasingly rare, and the better bottles are carving out an identity that is distinctively South African in a much more agreeable way. Although I’ve had some very creditable Cabernets and Pinot Noirs from the Cape, the wines that are most convincing and evocative so far are those made from southern European varieties, particularly Syrah. At the top of the tree is the pair of syrahs named after the soils they’re grown on by Mullineux, Granite and Schist 2011 (£64.50, bbr.com). Reynecke’s dark and sinewy organic syrah is a more realistically priced alternative.”

Price: £10.50, winedirect.co.uk

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