Tamboerskloof Stellenbosch Syrah 2007 87+ - 89+ Points
Medium clear, bright ruby red with purple rim indicate it is a young wine, with deep intensity and high viscosity, thick dense tears / leg suggesting either high alcohol or some residual sugar, there is no evidence of gas or sediment.
The nose is clean with medium intensity, certainly youthful in nature with ripe red fruit character of dark stone fruits such as plums and red berries e.g blueberries and blackberries, very pure with no sign of overripeness or jaminess, complex and layered with depth.
Notes of dark rosemary, cloves and nutmeg spice, ripe style.
Oaked, perhaps a combination of New and old French oak with notes of vanilla, cedar and mahogany the absence of coconut flavours might suggest there is no American oak, smoky profile.
Dry with some residual sugar, medium plus acidity, but balance, the tannins are ripe with medium texture, full bodied, new juicy very ripe warming plums note in spirits, dark cherries, chocolate with some rosemary floral note follow through, black pepper and black olives savouriness, concentrated overall.
High alcohol, but balanced in relation to acidity, tannin, fruit and body, the oak regime is certainly discernible on the palate with complex cedar wood, cigar box and vanilla, the finish is long and persistent.
If poured under SA weather conditins served at 13 degrees celsius, preferably aerated/decanted and paired with a grilled smoked paprika rubbed Gemsbok fillet, roasted baby beetroot and parsnip, peppered veal jus, now until 2019 if cellared under optimal conditions.