Keer­mont, Top­side Syrah, Stel­len­bosch 2016 95

Decanter - - TOP SOUTH AFRICAN REDS -

£49 Cru, Hand­ford, He­donism, Lay & Wheeler, Swig, The Good Wine Shop

This sis­ter vine­yard to Steep­side (see p51) was planted in 2006 on gran­ite and sand­stone. Sun-warmed berry aro­mas with cedar and cigar box. Dark plum and cin­na­mon bring to mind a plum crum­ble. Medium-bod­ied but gen­er­ous, with soft, palate-coat­ing tan­nins and a fine beam of acid­ity. A very smart wine, it cap­tures a sense of ripe sweet­ness but re­tains fresh­ness. Se­duc­tive, bal­anced wine that’s a true, ter­roir-fo­cused Syrah. Drink 2020-2028 Alc 14.5%

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