Terre Brûlée Rouge 2017

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…

Château Coujan Mon Péché 2016  

🌍 Saint-Chinian, Languedoc-Roussillon, France 🍇 57% Syrah, 26% Grenache, 17% Mourvèdre (Organic) The vineyard covers 56ha. The vines are planted on slopes at an altitude of 140 meters in the clay-limestone soil. The bedrock is a rare islet of fossilized coral with exceptional properties for draining. As from autumn 2008, the estate’s 140 hectares has…

Luca Double Select Syrah 2015

🌎 Mendoza, Argentina 🍇 Syrah 100% Laura Catena has a vision of creating a new breed of Argentine wines: small quantities, artisan quality, and true to their individual terroirs. She starts with some of Argentina’s best fruit from low-yield, high elevation vineyards. State-of-the-art winemaking and oak aging (primarily French) elevate the wines to a quality level demanded…

Austin Hope Syrah 2014 (Templeton Gap District)


This bottling, which features an elephant’s painting on the label, has a seductive purple-black core with a violet rim. Intense aromas of muddled blackberry, dried currant and crème de cassis combine with undertones of smoke, leather, Herbes de Provence and dried violets. The entry is dense, yet vibrant with lush, dark fruit and sweet baking…