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.
Mount Sutherland, Syrah 2016
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 points