5 Stars 2018 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Violet & lavender perfume on 15 (*****), first entirely off 2 Swartland vineyards. Brooding dark cherry & hedgerow fruit, leather & smoke; good grip of tannin on lengthy finish. 18 months mostly larger oak, none now; natural ferment & portion wholebunch.
93 pts Wine Enthusiast March 2019
There’s good concentration to the nose of this wine, which for the first time carries a Swartland appellation as the fruit is sourced from the winery’s two properties there, Porseleinberg and Goldmine. Medium-intense aromas of black plum, cherry and fig paste are hit by notes of licorice, black tea and peppercorn. The palate is plush, with a pleasant tannic grip that frames the robust black-fruit flavors. Lingering sensations of brambly berry, tilled earth, olive tapenade and a touch of cocoa seal the deal. Drink 2021–2025.
92 pts Wine Spectator 10/31/18
Ripe and direct, featuring a frame of sweet vanilla around a core of cherry paste and plum fruit. A frank licorice note drapes the finish, with a streak of graphite keeping this honest. Enjoy the fruit now or let this gain elegance with a bit of cellaring.
92 pts Wine Advocate Issue #230 April 2017
The 2015 Syrah is 80% Porseleinberg and 20% Goldmine Vineyard fruit, the latter is adjacent to the Mullineux vineyard. It has a very attractive bouquet with blackberry and raspberry fruit, a lovely floral component emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, very pure with cloves and sage towards the elegant, yet sustained finish. A more sophisticated proposition compared to the 2014 no doubt, this will be superb once released. 2019-2030.