92 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022
Made with grapes from only the second crop of Syrah on this beautiful Paarl estate, this is a remarkable debut. Fermented with 30% whole bunches, it’s fresh, spicy and peppery, with understated power, violet, bramble and raspberry fruit and subtle oak sweetness. 2022-26
Kiara Scott is not one to shy away from a challenge, and with the backing of proprietor Tim Rudd, she has the freedom to explore the boundaries of possibility at Brookdale Estate in Paarl. The Mason Road Syrah is no exception to this rule, and many were, shall we say, ‘nervous’ at the prospect of a Syrah from young vines being released in the same year as its harvest. But upon the first waft of the nose, all concerns were dispelled.
After the manual harvest, the grapes are fermented in open vats, mainly destemmed, a small part of whole bunches. Gentle extraction and ditto pressing. Malolactic fermentation and 8 months aging in French oak barrels (300 and 500l.) and foeders (2500l.) of which 40% new wood.
Like the rest of this range from Brookdale, the Mason Road Syrah truly pushes the boundaries of convention, as well as the quality-to-price ratio. This Syrah seduces the senses and tempts the palate from the moment it enters your space. The nose offers an alluring perfume that draws you into the glass. Old-world charm holds your attention on the palate where sultry tannins, spicy earth elements, impressive length and bright acidity await.