2010 Syrah Haskell Vineyards

Grapes Shiraz
Colour Red
Origin South Africa, Stellenbosch
ABV 14%

The 2010 Haskell Pillars Syrah is blended with a little Viognier and sees 40% in new oak for 14 months. It is endowed with a powerful bouquet that is reminiscent of a modern-style Côte-Rôtie. The palate is full-bodied with succulent, juicy red and black fruit that is heady and opulent, but is missing the tension and acidic line to keep it fresh and tense on the finish. This is an attractive wine, but it is trying too hard to impress and detracts from what I suspect could have been a far better Shiraz.
(Oct 2013)

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Sensuous, textured & concentrated 10 follows brilliant 08 (no 09). Intense, brooding yet silky & expressive refined black fruit. Perfume & complex, with restraint in oaking evident. Glorious long finish.
4½ stars

A big, juicy style, with a delicious core of fig, boysenberry and blackberry paste flavors, backed by a lively anise edge and framed by a roasted apple wood note that has melded wonderfully. The long finish pulls everything together. Syrah. Drink now through 2020. 300 cases made. –JM


The Haskell Vineyards estate is in the Helderberg, the revered Stellenbosch sub-region which contains many of South Africa's greatest wine names, the 23 hectares of vineyards neighbouring Rust en Vrede, Stellenzicht and Bilton.

Dombeya is the original title of the estate and is the name for a wild pear tree that is native to the area. Designed to represent great value at its price point and to offer an insight into the capacity of the estate to make stylish wines of individuality.

Haskell and Dombeya wines are made by leading winemaker and wine judge, Rianie Strydom, who is also the General Manager for Haskell Vineyards. Before moving to Haskell Vineyards, Rianie was the winemaker at the highly regarded Simonsberg estate, Morgenhof, for ten years.

Even before release, the Haskell brand has been making international wine waves. Awarded an elite five star rating in the upcoming 2010 John Platter Guide, Haskell also made history by becoming the first South African winery to win Best Red Wine and Best Wine in Show at the prestigious 2009 Tri-Nations Challenge, a yearly competition between the finest wines of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

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