$60, 5 stars, 92 points, South Africa, stellenbosch, syrah, VWTC
This blend, based on Syrah, was brooding in the glass. Deep ruby, opaque AF and sporting a 14% ABV. Our Virtual Wine Tasting group found it to be funky with pepper, smoked meat, blackcurrant jam, prune, black licorice, Sambucca and an earthy component. On the palate we agreed that this was a very tannic wine- still too young with aerating/decanting a must. Medium (-) acidity, medium (+) body and a medium length finish. Flavors of Maraschino and Luxardo cherries were evident, as was Espresso, Lapsang Souchong tea, pepper and blackcurrants. This was not a crowd favorite but I did mention to the group that it’s a very complex wine that needs more time to open up and allow the fruit to shine through the tannic veil. I will re-taste over the next few days. From me this is blockbuster gets 19/20 VWTC points and technically speaking- 92 pts. At $60 one might me hesitant to pop-n-pour but some extra cellaring will make this wine shine. 5 stars with a drinking window of 2024-2030. It needs a juicy Ribeye or Prime Rib with horseradish. Salut….
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