|Origin||South Africa, Stellenbosch|
This is a really lovely surprise at just 12.5% alcohol and this is because winemaker Rianie Strydom gained experience making wine in Burgundy, as a result she always wants her wines to display poise and balance and this wine does that beautifully. Lovely bright fig, peach and some fresh tropical notes with a touch of cream and nut. The palate has real freshness, a great core of ripe fruit, a touch smoky, then a rich acid lift to the long buttery finish. Rating: 92 L&S (Nov 2016)
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Quite a leesy nose. Real interest and balance. Clearly made with great precision. Long and throbbing. An excellent wine if it's the entry-level one! VGV Drinking range: 2017 - 2020 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Oct 2017)
Combines plenty of smoky oak with tart crab apple fruit, full body and grainy, long finish. Satisfying, fulsome and classic, but not over-oaked. Drinking range: 2017 - 2020 Rating: 16.5 Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jul 2017)
This Cape Chardonnay from Haskell VIneyards looks the part with its smart black label and to an extent it is, showing ripe butterscotchy aromatic notes and plenty of light buttered toast fruit on the tongue, albeit more restrained than the aromas suggest, as its texture is nicely complemented by a trenchant blade of grapefruity acidity. Rating: 87 www.thewinegang.com (Jun 2017)
Owned by American entrepreneur Preston Haskell (who now lives in London) this 23 hectare property in Stellenbosch is run by Rianie Strydom, one of South Africa's most dynamic and successful winemakers.
Rianie has had a lifelong passion of making wine, and after ten years at Morgenhof, where she received plentiful awards, was given the opportunity in 2002 to run the Dombeya/Haskell estate. As a result of her experience in Burgundy, Bordeaux and Italy her wine making style is understandably more classic than new world in style. The idea of the Dombeya 'foundation range' is to produce wines of excellent value which demonstrate her ability to produce stylish and distinctive wines that are not expensive.
Both the Dombeya Syrah and the Fenix (Bordeaux blend) have already been double gold winners, and her first vintage of the Haskell Pillars Shiraz, in the premium range, has just been awarded both the best Red Wine of Show and Shiraz categories of the Tri Nations Wine Challenge in Sydney. Quite an achievement and exciting time ahead.
You can see Haskell Vineyard's profile here on our website.
The Cape winelands offer an ideal environment for grape growing and South Africa is, currently, offering outstanding value for the wine lover. Here's a tasty selection to tickle your tastebuds.
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