Make no mistake: this is one wacky but brilliant wine. It is also remarkably intense – we’ve heard it termed a “vindaloo wine”. The grape blend varies from year to year but features all of Syrah (the majority), Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Viognier, all grown in South Africa’s Swartland. Both nose and palate exude raspberry, mulberry, blackberry, damson and liquorice with whiffs of cloves, nutmeg and orange rind. There is a marked dark chocolate-y feel to this wine, bur fear not that this is some sort of ‘chocolate novelty wine’: would we do that to you? Whichever way you look at it, this is one of the most interesting reds you can find, but not at the expense of either quality or taste.
Attractive deep red colour. Quite aromatic with dark cherry and plum fruit complimented with white pepper, floral, nutty and herbal notes. Full, elegant palate packed with complex fruit and soft ripe tannins. Finely textured with a long dry finish.
Elevation is a blend of Shiraz and Cabernet, made for ageing. This is South African wine at its most sophisticated. Impressive deep red to purple colour. Lush blackberry and spicy fruitcake aromas. Dense tannins and intense cassis fruit provide a rich supple almost thick texture. This is a wine with a long life ahead of it.