Finding an authentic, delicious and characterful red under R100 is a mean feat these days. Finding one at R60 a bottle gets us all hot under the collar. We aim…

Finding an authentic, delicious and characterful red under R100 is a mean feat these days. Finding one at R60 a bottle gets us all hot under the collar. We aim to offer more of these great value wines in the future but we realise these buys are not for everyone.

On the back label of the False Bay Old School Syrah 2017 it reads: ‘Our Old School Syrah is not jam soup, with toasted oak chips added for mocha flavour’. It is a fun Waterkloof label mastered by Nadia Barnard, a former Young Gun, who has quietly notched up a decade of vintages at Waterkloof’s helm.

It was produced using sustainably-farmed fruit, mostly from Helderberg and Stellenbosch, and heralds from the greatest modern day vintage. With partial whole-bunch fermentation using wild yeasts and aged in large wooden vats, it cuts a fine balance between Rhône-like intrigue and pure, new-world fruit. Frankly, it is brilliant.

Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za is also ‘dead impressed’ with the 2017 Old School Syrah and marvels at how it is not ‘bland and dreary’ like many other wines at the same price point. See our other False Bay picks here.

Tasting notes:

False Bay, Old School Syrah 2017 – R 60
Alc 14%. From two Stellenbosch vineyards, one planted in 2000 and the other in 2005. Matured in foudre. The nose shows dark fruit, lavender and pepper plus some not unpleasant reduction. Rich and flavourful on the palate with dense fruit, bright acidity and relatively soft tannins. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 89/100

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