Winemaker: Carl Schultz. The heady and intoxicating bouquet of this wine leads with scents of blackberry and raspberry preserves, cassis coulis, menthol, black pepper, toasted caramel and cigar-box spice. The mouthfeel is rich and full, with a gripping texture and balanced alcohol. Complex hints of leather, tobacco…— L.B.
While this is certainly on the higher end of South African Shiraz price points, it’s worth the investment. The intense bouquet is loaded with rich dark cherry, raspberry, sweet spice and small wild strawberries. All-spice and pepper dominate the creamy mouth, with opulent flavors of meaty plum, roasted espresso and…— L.B.
This red blend starts with a rich, inviting nose of sweet tobacco, black currant and cedar, and on the palate, balanced, stately flavors of tobacco, spice and mocha are matched with a lush, curvy fruit character. Elegant but indulgent.— S.K.
Winemaker: Carl Schultz. While sweet spice and vanilla notes are initial on the nose of this wine, they quickly subside to reveal concentrated fruit tones of blackberry, fig and cherry, as well as hints of black tea and pepper. Fine yet gripping tannins lend a solid structure to the palate, while notes of bacon and…— L.B.
A big and bold Shiraz, dark fruit aromas and flavors of fig, black cherry and plum abound. Glimmers of sweet spice and smoke unfold softly, showing the promise of additional complexities and nuance that should continue to develop with time. Firmly structured tannins help to frame the lush, ripe palate, and prodive a…— L.B.
Rich and round but not overdone, with a nice brightness to the apple, clementine and white peach aromas and flavors. Balanced and well-integrated, with all of the components working together in harmony. Closes on a brisk citrus-rind finish. Drink now–2014.— L.B.
There’s a definite oaky backdrop to this wine, adding spice and toast to the rich baked red apple, peach bit and brioche flavors. An orange blossom accent freshens up the rich flavors and the full but balanced mouth. The long finish is loaded with toasty hazelnut character.— L.B.
Medium weight with a satiny smooth texture and great balance, this is a stellar Syrah with great complexity between the rich dark fruit flavors and forest spice. Aromatic accents of cured meat and crème brûlée linger in the back of the bouquet, while a strong coffee flavor stays strong through the finish.— L.B.