(2019) Coastal Region wine, from 1980s vineyards in Stellenbosch and Pearl. A deeply coloured, powerful wine, plenty of substantial presence, slightly meaty nose, a touch of green-tinged dry and ashy character, with lots of sweet fruit, touched with a leafy, savoury character in the finish. The blend is 30/70 Alicante and Tempranillo.
(2015) Note that this Shiraz comes from the 2011 vintage, so has had a little time to soften. From cooler coastal vineyards it retains genuine freshness despite its 15% alcohol, the nose offering a fine grilled meat, crisp bacon fat character so typical of Syrah from cooler zones, as well as meaty berry fruits and white pepper spice. In the mouth it is hugely fruity, a great, deep core of ripe and sweet black fruit, but always edged by that meatiness, a touch of bittersweet endive, and freshening cherry acidity. It's a big, plush and textured wine without a doubt, but really well balanced.