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Fairview Jakkalsfontein Shiraz 2011

From where the Jackal Buzzards call.

Top-end South African reds are typically characterised by their fruit concentration, sometimes to the point of being over-whelming, but when a wine comes along that isn’t super-dense, then against myself I find myself questioning its worth. The … [Read more...]

Fairview Eenzaamheid Shiraz 2010 vs Fairview The Beacon Shiraz 2010

Interesting contrasts.

Presumably taking their cue from Guigal’s singlevineyard Côte Rôties, namely La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque, South African producers are increasingly inclined to bottle terroir-specific Shiraz – the Granite and Schist Syrahs from Mullineux are … [Read more...]

Hartenberg Gravel Hill Shiraz 2007

Full throttle.

To mark Carl Schultz’s 20th anniversary as winemaker at Hartenberg in Stellenbosch, a tasting of six vintages of the ultra-premium Grave Hill Shiraz. From a particular 3.8ha site planted on low-potential koffieklip, vines give few bunches, the … [Read more...]

Boschendal Reserve Collection Shiraz 2011


Boschendal Reserve Collection Shiraz 2011 (R140 a bottle) was awarded gold and the South African Red Rhône Varietal under £15 Trophy at the recent Decent World Wine Awards and it’s obviously intended as a serious proposition. Grapes are from a … [Read more...]

La Motte Shiraz 2010


Wines made contrary to the norm of power and weight are to be applauded and that certainly seems to have been the intention with the Shiraz 2010 from La Motte (R131 a bottle).  50% of grapes originated from Walker Bay, 30% from Franschhoek, 15% from … [Read more...]

Muratie Ronnie Melck Shiraz 2009

In honour of the family patriarch.

Stellenbosch is supposedly “Cab country” but turn off the R44 heading towards Wellington onto Knorhoek Road and  it’s the Shiraz which really seems to shine. Carl van der Merwe used to make an outstanding version at Quoin Rock before his move to … [Read more...]