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Thelema Shiraz 2012

Does an 89-point rating sell wine? It should in the case of the Shiraz 2012 from Stellenbosch property Thelema. Winemaking practices involved no whole-bunch, careful extraction and relatively modest oaking – matured for 18 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. It shows red and black fruit, pepper and spice plus a hint of liquorice. […]

October 8, 2015
by Christian
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Saxenburg Shiraz Select 2003

The Shiraz Select 2003 from Stellenbosch property Saxenburg was rated 5 Stars in the 2007 edition of Platter’s and it remains a pretty smart bottle of wine. Matured for 24 months in all new oak, equal parts French and American, it contains small percentages of Cab and Merlot. The wine currently shows red and black […]

July 11, 2015
by Christian
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De Grendel Shiraz 2013

De Grendel Shiraz is a wine that should be on every pizzeria wine list around the country. I’ve liked it ever since the 2010 got gold at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show in 2012 and the 2013 doesn’t disappoint. It’s a combination of pretty much equal parts Durbanville, Paarl and Stellenbosch grapes and it […]

May 22, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2012

Stuart Botha, winemaker at Eagles’ Nest in Constantia, says his Shiraz 2012 is the best wine he’s ever made and given his fine track record with the variety, his comment does heighten expectations just a little. Because of Eagles’ Nest’s location in relatively maritime Constantia, you might be inclined to expect the Shiraz to be […]

April 23, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 2 Comments

Tim James: Grape variety of the year

I was wondering if I could find the energy, in the midst of late-year-in-Cape-Town torpor, to rustle up a list of my top local wines of the year… An alternative occurred to me: grape variety/style of the year. The answer to that is easy: shiraz/syrah. It’s not a revolution in wine-critical thought, of course, to […]

December 23, 2014
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2012

There were 25 examples of Shiraz/Syrah nominated for 5 Stars in Platter’s 2015 and it fell to founder Tim James, sommelier-at-large Higgo Jacobs and me tasting blind to either endorse these or not. Wine assessment is often humbling and particularly so in this instance. Out of the five wines we as a trio anointed […]

November 21, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 5 Comments

Uitkyk Shiraz 2010

It’s been my contention for a while now that the wineries which make up Cape Legends, the premium wine brand division of Distell, under-perform and none more so than the five Lusan-owned: Le Bonheur, Uitkyk, Stellenzicht, Alto and Neethlingshof. Our biggest producer-wholesaler should be leading from the front and I’m therefore happy to say I […]

October 20, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Fairview Jakkalsfontein Shiraz 2011

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 Jakkalsfontein Shiraz 2011 (R185 a bottle) from the Fairview is no exactly a shrinking violet but doesn’t have […]

February 5, 2014
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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