2014 Syrah Haskell Vineyards
|Origin||South Africa, Stellenbosch|
There's really nice purity of fruit to this wine, which is in the form of blueberries, violets and pine needles. The medium-bodied palate shows freshness and clarity. Drink now. Rating: 91 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Jun 2018)
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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 OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Oct 2017)
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.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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