Mount Sutherland, Syrah 750ml 2016

South Africa, Sutherland
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MountSutherlandSyrah201615052019
R295
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Critic Score

95
PG

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We were hugely impressed with the first releases from Mount Sutherland – a relatively new producer with vines planted at 1,500m in the Karoo. The 2012 was not only the best Syrah but the best red wine overall at the 2014 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. The vines were planted in 2004 and the later vintages have become finer as the vineyards have matured and the terroir has been fully realised. We believe this 2016 is the finest yet and is one of SA’s most unique and exciting wines!

The high altitude vineyards are truly continental. They’re covered in snow in winter and produce a unique structure that sets this wine apart from our coastal wines. This would not be out of place in a Northern Rhône line-up.

The 2016 Mount Sutherland Syrah holds a towering and impressive structure, with fine acidity and lacy, umami-like tannins. It abounds with complexity – black pepper, black olive, raspberry and even some savoury biltong spice. Starting to live up to all its initial potential, this is now a truly special SA wine.

P.S. We tasted the 2012 today and it is still fresh and vibrant.

Tasting notes:
‘Stellar 2016 improves on 2015 (4.5 stars, 93 pts) in purity & complexity. Textured, dry yet lithe, signature pepper keeping ripe dark fruit in check. Restrained oak (none new) matched by 18 months bottle ageing. Poised & elegant, with savoury finish.’ – Platter’s Guide 2020, 5* (95/100)

'Lifted floral notes, slate, cold stone and still quite coiled on the first nosing. Quietly unfurls with typical Northern Rhône notes of black pepper, olive, meat spices and a hint of baking spice. The palate immediately strikes with a pointed acidy, vibrant red fruit, crushed florals, tangy pomegranate and a focused, powerful and linear palate with towering, dry and coated tannins. It would not be out of place in a Northern Rhône line-up, yet it’s uniquely South African.' – James Pietersen, 94/100

'Continental style Syrah. Layers of aromas such as rose petals, black cherries, cloves and freshly milled white pepper. Succulence and richness on the palate and ends in a pleasant, long and ripe finish.' – Winemaker

Viticulture:
Grapes originating from the first vineyards in the newly allocated Sutherland-Karoo region. Highest vineyards in South Africa, planted at 1500m above sea level. Coldest wine growing region in South Africa.. Yielding 3 tons per hectare.

Vinification:
Fruit cold soaked for 10 days at 8º Celsius. Pumped over 3 times daily to maintain a low temperature in the cap. Whole-bunch fermentation at low temperatures. Both free-run and press juice were used. Aged for 14 months in French oak barrels, of which 20% new. South Africa’s first true continental climate wine. All Organic practices.
More Information
Bottle Size 750ml
Style Red
Country South Africa
Rating PG 95
Drink To Long-term cellar
Price R295.00
Producer Mount Sutherland
Region Sutherland
Variety Shiraz / Syrah
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