2012 Syrah Haskell Vineyards
Sweet and lighter than Aeon. More transparent. Racy and lively. South African rather than a copy. Well done. Drinking range: 2018 - 2022 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Oct 2018)
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The 2012 Pillars Syrah was showing some reduction on the nose when I tasted it from bottle, although with coaxing it shook that off and revealed attractive blackberry, boysenberry and garrigue aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe tannin, sweet to the core with creme de cassis and vanilla notes suggesting that there might be a little new oak still to be subsumed. It retains fine focus all the way towards the finish, completing a sensual and well-crafted Syrah that is a bit of a temptress. Just 11 barrels produced. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 92-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2017)
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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