Migliarina, Syrah 750ml 2017South Africa, Stellenbosch
'Single vineyard Syrah from Stellenbosch, tight tannins, red berries, iodine and lavender. Very northern Rhone (St Joseph) style Syrah. Would decant, still a bit young but stunning fruit.' – Carsten Migliarina
Alc: 14% | RS: 1.3 g/L | TA: 5.5 g/L | PH: 3.53
Tasting notes on the previous 2015 vintage:
'10 weeks on the skins. 14 months in old oak, inoculated, unfined, unfiltered, destalked, destemmed, with initially whole berry cold fermentation in tank allowing malo on skins in tank. Pure Helderberg expression with delicious blackberry, iodine, coriander and lavender and subtle hints of fraise des bois. A medium bodied, classical old world European style wine with subtle restrained fruit, black berry salinity, some accessibility in young but embroidered with complex mineral pithy tannins and a fresh linear finish. Still taut, broody and tight, the finish will become naturally embellished with extra time in bottle. A great vintage and a very serious, “adults only” top shelf effort.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 94/100
'The 2015 Syrah underwent a nine-week maceration and was aged entirely in used wood. It has a perfumed bouquet of dark cherry, briar and light pressed flower scents, plus just a touch of raspberry preserve in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and a fine bead of acidity, and harmonious in the mouth, displaying a lovely grainy texture toward the classically styled finish. This is a very well crafted Syrah.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100
Since 2002, Carsten Migliarina has quietly been sticking to his vision of producing food-friendly, refined wines that also offer immense value. His successful Migliarina range and small-batch offerings allow him to express his creativity and produce some truly unique wines. He sources grapes from across the entire Western Cape, and only uses those that represent the most exciting possibilities of South African wine. Carsten never studied winemaking but his journey with wine began at the young age of 14 when he first attempted to ferment table grapes. His passion and hard work is what has allowed him to succeed in the industry and his dream is to share his life’s work with the world.
|Drink To||Drink or cellar|
|Variety||Shiraz / Syrah|
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