Lismore Syrah, Greyton, South Africa 2016

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Lismore Syrah, Greyton, South Africa 2016

27.50

"This is one of the best Syrahs I have encountered from South Africa." - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

There's a serene beauty to the landscape and the vineyards at Lismore estate that somehow translates into the wines, particularly this extraordinary Syrah, which echoes not only the fragrant, lifted Syrahs of the northern Rhone, but also brings some of the local flora into its fold, notably the fynbos and roibos bushes that grow nearby. It's a stunning rendition of the Syrah grape from the admirable Samantha O’Keefe!

Tim Atkin: “The 2015 has sold out so quickly that Sam O’Keefe is already on to the 2016, which is every bit as good and less funky. Bloody, rich and stony, this is focused, concentrated and well balanced, showing a lick of new oak, dark, brooding fruit flavours and a twist of white pepper. Drink 2019-2026.” 95 points

Jancis Robinson.com: "Mid cherry red. It does still have a scented Côte Rôtie delicacy not only in the fruit character but also in the finest of tannic textures. More spice on the palate and there is such a lightness of touch here that the marked persistence comes as a surprise. This is a Pinot-esque Syrah though the tannins are Syrah texture." 17 points

Wine Mag: “The Syrah 2016 from Samantha O’Keefe of Lismore sees her trademark refinement in evidence again after the more unrestrained 2015. From 50% Greyton and 50% Elgin, 40% underwent whole-bunch fermentation, the wine was matured for 12 months in a combination of 225-, 300- and 500-litre barrels, 15% new. The nose shows cherry, raspberry and mulberry to go with white pepper and a hint of smoke. The palate is not too lean, not too weighty, just right with great fruit definition, lemon-like acidity and lightly grippy tannins. Very nicely balanced indeed.” 94 points

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