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Home Winners > Winners 2018 > NEW WORLD: Shiraz/Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre & Rhône Blends, South Africa

Winner Details

New World: Shiraz/Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre & Rhône Blends, South Africa

2018 Gold 1      Silver 4      Bronze 5      Commended 8
2017 Gold 3      Silver 5      Bronze 7      Commended 7

If South Africa was voted the New World Country Most Likely To Succeed in the SWA High School prom when it came to Cabernet, it was back in among the nerds and losers with Syrah.

What there doesn’t seem to be yet is a consistency of style, or at least a defined South Africanness. It’s there for Cab, but not for the Rhône varieties, which is perhaps understandable given that the Cape has had much longer to work with the former than the latter.

So there were good wines here and the pricing was, in general, keener than that of the Australia wines, but as a category it’s still very much a work in progress.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘Very interesting range of styles from the people that wanted to make Pinot to the ones that wanted to make Cabernet from these grapes. A lot were TTH – Trying Too Hard, tarting themselves up when they didn’t need to.’ Simon Woods, team leader

‘I was expecting a bit more bang for my buck. Very dark, rich colours but not backed up with body. As far as GSM goes, Southern Rhône at the same price gets you incredible wines – and that’s the benchmark.’ Euan McColm, Beaverbrooks

‘Across the flight there were a lot of different styles. Some really ripe, some too tough, some with too much winemaking.’ Andre Luis Martins, Cavalry & Guards

‘Far too much sulphur on most of the wines, so they’d need to be decanted. But once you got over that, there’s some nice wines there. They’ve got to be more careful in the winemaking.’ Angela Reddin, team leader

Award winners

Found 18 wines

New World: Shiraz/Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre & Rhône Blends, South Africa

Kleine Zalze, Family Reserve, Shiraz 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Gold medal winner

Completing the hat trick of Gold medals for Kleine Zalze in this year’s competition, this exceptional Stellenbosch Shiraz was described by Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club as having ‘ripe, rich cassis with tobacco aromas, firm tannins with complex, sweet spices and a long finish’, while Beaverbrook’s Euan McColm was equally taken with its ‘medicinal nose, but rich red fruit, good body and herbal, green tea notes, ripe tannins and black pepper finish’.

£20.12 Hatch Mansfield

D'Aria, The Soprano, Shiraz 2015, Durbanville, South Africa

Silver medal winner

‘Exceptionally long and fine,’ began team leader Angela Reddin, continuing: ‘Juicy, lifted mulberry and plum nose, then a soy mineral palate, generously fruit-forward with firm tannic back-up.’ And Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason found it a ‘value option, huge with lots of savoury spice’.

£15.65 Eurowines

Kloovenburg, Shiraz 2015, Swartland, South Africa

Silver medal winner

Janusz Pawel Sasiadek of Bottles & Battles was keen on this Shiraz’s ‘intense freshness of red fruits on the nose, sweet spices and velvety finish, making it great for steak’, while Yauatcha City’s Javier Alonso Cardoso picked up ‘earthy, smoky chocolate aromas and sour cherry on the palate’.

£12.00 Boutinot

Kleine Zalze, Vineyard Selection, Shiraz 2015, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Silver medal winner

Euan McColm of Beaverbrook enjoyed ‘black olive, cherry, lots of ripe, plump fruit on the nose, followed by cherry pie character on the palate, full-bodied though light on the tannins’. ‘Rich and rounded, with fragrant berry and blackcurrant, herbs and spices,’ added team leader Simon Woods.

£9.17 Hatch Mansfield

Distell, Nederburg, The Motorcylce Marvel, Grenache/Carignan/Shiraz 2015, Western Cape, South Africa

Silver medal winner

‘Juicy dark fruit with flecks of medicinal herbs on the nose, good acidity and balance,’ began Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason, concluding that it was a ‘complex and delicate, yet paradoxically powerful wine’.

£11.89 Distell Europe

Lismore, Syrah 2016, Western Cape, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Angela Reddin found this Syrah ‘juicy and ripe on the nose with a herbal lift, the fruit restrained on the palate but blends perfectly with the tannin-acid structure’, concluding: ‘Great wine.’ ‘Versatile and rounded, deep, full and rich, but very silky smooth,’ added Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason.

£22.44 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Babylon's Peak, Shiraz/Mourvèdre/Grenache 2016, Swartland, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

‘Needs swirling, but reveals good depth of dark, brambled forest fruits, with a splash of mocha and olive,’ began team leader Angela Reddin, who enjoyed its ‘rich, full palate driving to a long finish’. ‘Ribs!’ suggested Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason.

£9.97 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Spice Route, Grenache 2016, Swartland, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

A ‘good intense nose of red and black fruits with a fresh palate’ stood out for Janusz Pawel Sasiadek of Bottles & Battles, while team leader Angela Reddin noted ‘coconut vanilla aromas, nice ripe fruit and medium body’.

£9.75 Liberty Wines

Spier, Creative Block 3 2014, Stellenbosch/Groenekloof, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

‘Gentle, perfumed red cherry with peppery aromas, sour cassis with fresh tobacco leaf on the palate and a complex finish,’ said Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club, while Beaverbrook’s Euan McColm found it ‘a good food wine, lots of pepper and cloves, light oak and herbaceous notes’.

£11.88 Bibendum , Walker & Wodehouse Wines

Keermont, Syrah 2014, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

This went down well with team leader Simon Woods, who enjoyed its ‘soft, perfumed, fragrant and ripe aromas, then a tender and balanced palate with lovely grippy herbs and plum, not big but with presence and finesse’.

£18.65 Swig Wines

Boutinot, Wandering Beeste, Syrah 2016, Swartland, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£9.00 Boutinot

Journey's End, The Griffin, Syrah 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£20.28 Bibendum

Journey's End, Single Vineyard, Shiraz 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£13.15 Bibendum

Fairview, Shiraz 2015, Coastal Region, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£10.65 Liberty Wines

Spice Route, Malabar 2013, Swartland, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£29.20 Liberty Wines

Spier, Signature, Shiraz 2016, Western Cape, South Africa

Commended medal winner

Imbuko, Inkosi, Shiraz 2015, Western Cape, South Africa

Commended medal winner

Ken Forrester, Renegade, Shiraz/Grenache 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£10.42 Enotria&Coe

 

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