Halliday Magazine. James Halliday’s 25 Great Reds Over $30. 2015 Bekkers Syrah: “…makes the marriage of intensity and elegance seem simple, purity and power likewise.”
64% Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard, the remainder Gateway Vineyard (Seaview), hand-picked, 18% whole bunches, 82% destemmed and machine-sorted, 5 days cold soak, wild-fermented for 12 days, matured for 20 months in French oak puncheons (40% new).
This is a wine that makes the marriage of intensity and elegance seem simple, purity and power likewise. It is suspended in time and place with glorious fruit (no chocolate), gently savoury/spicy fine tannins and oak hiding in the panoply of fruit flavours.