2019 Syrah Stellenbosch
|Origin||South Africa, Stellenbosch|
Beautifully floral aromas, with a touch of greenness that gives freshness. This evolves into graphite, black pepper and blackberry characters with a reductive edge that accentuates the aromatics. This is definitely a savoury Syrah, as opposed to a fruity Shiraz, evidenced by the tight and dry finish, which is grippy but not austere. It’s perfectly balanced, open, complex and drinkable; an excellent example of South African Syrah. The vines are at an impressive 940m altitude, it was fermented using natural yeasts and aged in foudres. Drinking range: 2021 - 2024 Rating: 94 Matt Walls, Decanter.com (Apr 2021)
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The Stellenbosch Syrah has the feel and perfume of the northern Rhone.Michael Fridjhon (Nov 2020)
Grapes from Bottelary and Polkadraai. Pretty aromatics of red fruit, white pepper, fynbos and lilies. The palate, meanwhile, is light-bodied with lemon-like acidity and fine tannins. Pure and delicate, this has a lovely clarity about it. Rating: 96 www.winemag.co.za (Oct 2020)
Damascene is a seriously exciting new find for us in South Africa. Their maiden vintage here was 2018 and we were blown away by the results. 2019, their second vintage was sold out on release, read the press release HERE.
The highly acclaimed Jean Smit, previously winemaker at Boekenhoutskloof, has teamed up with David Curl, former owner of Bordeaux’s Chateau Gaby.
Their goal is to explore all across the South African winelands in search of exceptional site. Sites that deliver an important moment of insight, and hence the name of the project. A Damascene moment of clarity, where we can all understand the greatness of these small, prized plots.
The vineyards are old and well established but small, so each of these brilliant wines is only released in very small quantities. We urge you to catch them while you can.
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