95 pts Tim Atkin MW
Generally shown first in a line-up of the Mullineux’s three soil specific Syrahs, this is firm, dense and entirely whole bunch fermented with damson and blackberry fruit, sappy tannins, one-third new oak and notes of black tea, lavender and Mediterranean spices. Needs time.
93 pts Wine Spectator
Tightly coiled, with an alluring velvety feel, showing notes of raspberry sauce and blackberry juice at the core. Violet perfume and juniper accents add to the charm as this persists on the finish. Give this a few more years to start showing its best. Best from 2022 through 2035.
92 pts Wine Advocate
Structured on the nose, the 2017 Granite Syrah has a black-fruited core with classic black pepper notes and hints of oak. The wine is still tightly wound on the palate, with dusty blackberries and a mineral tension to the mid-palate. Soft black pepper tones coupled with grippy and fine-grained tannins linger on the long finish. Not yet released, this wine shows tremendous aging potential. 2019-2038
92 pts Vinous
The 2017 Granite Syrah needs a little encouragement from the glass to reveal scents of blackberry, raspberry coulis, fennel and gravel. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, grainy tannins and a fine bead of acidity. There is a satisfying salinity throughout this Syrah, and a pleasing brightness on the finish. Excellent winemaking here, and I suspect this will age with style. 2022 – 2040
2017 was the second vintage of the Great Drought in the Cape and yields were again significantly lower than normal. However, by improving soil health with cover crops and mulch and by reducing crops early, the resulting wines have lovely concentration but also wonderful freshness. The GRANITE Syrah is always the most perfumed and elegant of our single-terroir Syrahs. This wine has a floral, spicy, cranberry nose and a tight, fresh structure with a silky texture. The palate has notes of succulent berries and delicate herbs and spices. Aging potential 15 – 25 years. Decanting recommended when opened young.