Numbered bottle 6143 of 12600 bottles produced.
Jancis Robinson “Wine of the Week” (18th November 2003)
This particular wine is emphatically not a cool-climate Shiraz. In fact it’s a great walloping thing with 15.5 per cent alcohol from a warmer-than-usual vintage and from unirrigated vineyards in the warmish regions of Malmesbury and Bottelary in Stellenbosch. I would normally expect to find this all a bit too much but the balance is great and the wine, despite its youth, awfully easy to drink… Anyway, believe me that this wine is a triumph of flavour over alcohol – no added water here – with real backbone as well as tons (six to the hectare/2.4 to the acre) of spicy fruit. More leathery than the average New World Syrah but nothing like a North Rhône wine… Unfortunately the wine is not widely available (this wine of the week is more to signal that this is a name to notice).