Like many South African Shirazes, this one emphasizes the earthy, leathery side of the grape’s flavor spectrum, with only hints of dark plum fruit. Still, the damp earth and hummus notes are pleasant, and the right food match (perhaps a grilled steak topped with chimichurri sauce) would help accentuate the fruit.
Opens with black cherry, toast and dark chocolate aromas. Followed by green herbs and grass that chase the tight, well-oaked fruit on the palate. Comes off as eucalyptus on the cherry-chocolate finish.
Sweet and sour fruit, not unlike stewed rhubarb, colors the nose and palate. Although it is a little watery, peppery tannins pick up the slack. Closes with eucalyptus, char and bitter herbs.
Sharp, with tart red fruit, green tobacco, and a deep elefunkiness that doesn't let go. The modest fruit is overwhelmed by the earthiness and harder, more bitter metallic elements that ascend on the finish.