|Origin||South Africa, Stellenbosch|
For this pure expression of their top Syrah every care is taken to deliver clean, bright fruit to the glass. All hand harvested and de-stemmed with 100% whole berries only going in to the open top fermenters. After this the juice ages in top quality, french oak, from Burgundian coopers - just 30% of which is new. This is loaded with well sculpted dark fruit and some textured grippy leather and meaty notes. Balanced by a fresh hedgerow line of dried thyme and then black cherry and mulberry juice. Sophisticated elegant Syrah from the high Helderburg. L&S (Jul 2017)
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The initial smell is of mint dark chocolate, black pepper, hints of leather and spice which opens up and changes after aeration to plums, mulberries and all sorts of darker fruit nuances. The palate has fine dry tannins typical of the vintage which ends balanced and savoury. Good balance between fruit and wood.Winemaker's notes(Jul 2018)
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.The estate was originally names Dombeya after a wild native pear tree that gows in the area, and this is the name used for the 'Dombeya' range, which is 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.The founding winemaker, Rianie Strydom, has now handed over the baton to Rudolph Steenkamp, who joined the estate as assistant winemaker and vineyard manager in June 2018. Rudolph has worked for four vintages at Groot Constantia, as well as in France.
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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