2014 Syrah Haskell Vineyards
Single vineyard, latest release. Peppery, sleek, round and quite sweet and jewelly. Definitely a New World rendition but well done. Spicy and appetising. Drinking range: 2019 - 2026 Rating: 16+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Oct 2017)
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180 tonnes of rock was initially removed from the vineyard when the grapes were planted in 2007. The harsh, unforgiving nature of the site was evident in the first year, when approximately half of the vineyard failed to establish. Subsequent years saw slow, tentative growth and minuscule yields, but in 2014 Hades began to express the sense of individuality that the site has always promised. Hand harvested grapes, only 2,317 bottles were produced for the first time in 2014. The wine has a beautiful dark purple red colour. The nose shows a lot of black pepper, sweet violets and fresh plum notes. The palate is quite refined and somewhat minerally with a lovely sweet sour balance of dried plums and a savoury finish. Winemaker's notes (Mar 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.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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