This wine from the Swartland district sounds French, reflects the background of the owner, Vincent Carême, who also makes wine in Vouvray in the Loire Valley with his wife, Tania, who is South African.
The grapes are from two vineyards that are dry farmed (not irrigated) in shale and granite soils. The wine is a perfect example of the value coming out of South Africa. If Stellenbosch is the country’s most famous and familiar wine area, Swartland is in the avant-garde of South African wine and, with bottles like the Terre Brûlée, deserves the attention it is now getting.
🌍 Swartland, South Africa
🍇 Syrah60%, Cinsault40 %
👀 Deep purple.
👃It offers up hints of black tea, bergamot and turned earth that grace the black plum and berry core.
👄 Medium tannins lend a framing structure to the ripe fruit flavors, finishing on whispers of pencil lead and toasted oak.