The 2012 Mount Sutherland Syrah was rated ‘best red wine’ at the 2014 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and the newly launched 2013 proves that this is just the beginning. From 1500m above sea level and possibly Africa’s coldest vineyards comes a Syrah like no other. Syrah is very much at the forefront of the South African wine revolution and, with many regions and stylistic cues being tested, this unique Mount Sutherland Syrah 2013 is an impressive discovery of both terroir and style.
Situated deep in the Karoo, Sutherland’s cold, continental climate allows the vine a deep dormancy period, offering a maximum restorative period that allows its berries to ripen evenly and slowly. Evidence of this is the deep core of dark and concentrated fruit on the Mount Sutherland Syrah 2013, acutely balanced by a wonderful array of biltong spice that leads on to a dry, focused and medium-bodied palate. Drink now to 2023.
The 2012 vintage of Mount Sutherland Syrah was not only best in category but best red wine overall at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2014 and the current-release 2013 again impresses. Fermentation was 60% whole bunch, before maturation lasting 14 months in French oak, 60% new. The nose is complex and alluring with notes of red and black fruit, flowers and scrub plus pepper and spice while the palate is pure and fresh with grippy but not astringent tannins. A really characterful drop. – Christian Eedes, 94/100