Rall Red 2019 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Swartland
R320
In stock
(Only 11 left)
The 2019 Rall Red is the most-improved wine in the line-up. Following on from the more serious 2018, it offers fruit density, supported by ripe tannins that are Cornas-like and focused in their power, all the while being fresh and vibrant. It's an impressive release and one for the cellar.
94
CE
'65% Syrah, 13% Grenache, 13% Cinsault and 9% Carignan. The nose is particularly expressive with notes of red and black berries, cured meat, lavender, herbs and pepper while the palate is rich and flavourful but equally not short of freshness – a bit less foursquare than preceding vintages have tended to be. Complex and satisfying.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 94/100

'Syrah 65%; Grenache 13%; Cinsault 13% and Carignan 9%. Again the biggest percentage of varieties other than Syrah since the first vintage in 2008. By adding more of the GCC that can generally be harvested earlier than the Syrah this 2020 has more fruit and freshness compared to its predecessors while still being structured.

Black and red fruit, herbs and pepper from nearly 100% whole-bunch fermentation on all components and a rich, savoury palate. Matured in old French oak for 10 months before being bottled unfined and very lightly filtered and a further 18 months bottle maturation before release.' – Donovan Rall, Winemaker

Tasting notes on the 2018 vintage:
'The most southern Rhône-like red I've made' is how Donovan Rall describes this 50% whole bunch-fermented cuvée of Syrah with 30% Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault. Broad and spicy, with Mediterranean garrigue aromas, a tannic backdrop and meaty, bloody intensity. Drink 2021-28.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 94/100

'Drought vintage 2018 sees highest ever percentage of grenache, carignan, cinsaut for freshness, fruit, with 70% syrah, nearly 100% wholebunch. Concentrated, still relatively introvert but fine, silky feel, tender tannins to dark, savoury-edged fruit. Deserves time to unfurl. Year old French oak.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (93/100)
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Donovan Rall
Alcohol 13.5%
Body Medium to full-bodied
Blend information 65% Syrah, 13% Grenache, 13% Cinsault and 9% Carignan
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Blend
Rating CE 94
Producer information Donovan Rall is one of SA’s finest, most exciting winemakers. In 2008, it all started with a bang when his first Rall White was awarded a Platter’s 5-Star. Since then, Donovan’s wines have continued on an unbelievable upward trajectory. He produces some of SA’s most sought-after wines including the stellar AVA single-vineyard wines, and his near-cult Rall White.
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