The Wine Advocate review team recently revealed their top 50 new releases of 2015. Based on quality, singularity and hedonistic / intellectual appeal, their picks include one of our favourite local Syrahs: Lismore 2014.
Lismore, Estate Syrah 2014 – R 210
‘The 2014 Syrah is 40% whole bunch fermented and matured in older, small barrel and then transferred into 3,000-liter fermenters for six months to capture the aromatics. It has a fascinating nose, very floral and expressive, with cranberry, rose petals, marmalade and white fennel that you would swear comes from some old Rhône. Fabulous. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a little tighter than the aromatics, and brimming over with character. There is fruit here, but the smorgasbord of Provençal white fennel, sage and fynbos is all over the place. This is one of the best Syrahs I have encountered from South Africa.’ – Neal Martin, 94/100