Sunday, May 20, 2012

KWV The Mentors Coastal Region Shiraz 2010 92+ Points

Medium clear, bright, ruby red with purple rim, medium plus concentration and high viscosity.

Clean, high intensity, lifted perfume aromatics, first impression one could mistake this to a very good St Joseph,from a reputable producer, ripe dark plums, sour cherries, thrilling complexity, spicy peppery core, rosemary, floral lavender, dried thyme, black olives, stony minerals, goose bumps aromatics and complexity, camphor note.

Dry with medium acidity (5.8 TA / 3.52 pH), fresh and lively, racy profile for a South African Shiraz, actually more Syrah than Shiraz on texture, linear, medium plus crunchy ripe tannins, delicately ripe fruits follows through, perfect extraction, savoury.

The alcohol is very high (15%), but seamlessly integrated, this is excting stuff and will lend to a multitude of pairings possibilities, especially full flavoured dried aged meat and powerful sauce, gorgeous now, yet will reveal greater complexity with time.

This is South African Shiraz taken to a new level, produced from 2 low yielding high altitude dry land vineyards in Darling and Stellenbosch, (hence the Coastal Region classification) cropping 4t/ha, harvested in March.

25% fermented as whole berries, 100% natural ferment, 18 months in a combination of 85% French oak and 15% American oak of which 70% was new.

Total production of 4000 bottles.

From now, yet should reach well into 2022+, for those patient enough.