Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Riebeek Cellars Swartland Collection Shiraz 2009 86 Points

Riebeek Cellars Swartland Collection Shiraz 2009 86 points

Medium clear, bright cherry plum red with slight blueberry hue rim, medium concentration,medium viscosity, no evidence of gas or sediment.

Clean with medium plus intensity notes of dark ripe plums, dried cranberries, preserved maraschino cherries in kirsch, spicy & smoky, multilayered and complex with floral jasmine & rosemary, could there be a soupcon of Viognier in??

Dry with medium plus alcohol (more perceptible on palate than nose) medium plus acidity (possibly acidified) and medium plus finish, new flavours of sour cherries and savoury calamata black olives and medley of Mediterrannean herb such as Oregano, Marjoram and some Rosemary, medium lenght and complexity, crunchy fresh elegant style more Syrah than Shiraz.

Served at 14 degrees Celsius with a mild topside beef cut & potato chunks curry, steamed Basmati rice and crunchy cabbage,carrots & lettuce salad on the side, now until 2016