The Minimalist Wines ‘Stars in the Dark’ Syrah, by Sam Lambson is becoming one of the cult South African wines. Syrah from Cape Agulhas has a pronounced salt and pepper flavour profile, the nose is led by red cherry and violets, followed by smoked bacon, green olive brine, white pepper and dried buchu. It has a medium bodied palate, with concentrated fruit coating an intensely umami core: soy, brine brightened by orange zest on the finish with fine tannins.
All the fruit was harvested from two cool climate, low-altitude Syrah parcels (50m above sea level), just 8km from the stark and blustery coast. Facing North West, one 21-year old parcel is planted on Clay and the other (22 years) on Koffieklip soils. As always, we like to let the sites do the talking, so the fruit was matured for 10 months in neutral French Oak, in 228L and 300L barrels.