2011 Syrah Haskell Vineyards
Bright, dark red. Dark cherry, mocha and spices lifted by pepper and flowers on the nose. Sweet, supple and finegrained, with black fruit, violet and smoky oak flavors showing a seamless quality and lovely immediate appeal. Slightly wild but at the same time suave in texture, finishing with smooth tannins and subtle persistence. Rating: 90 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Jun 2015)
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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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