NEW! Minimalist Wines 'Stars in the Dark' Syrah, Elim, South Africa 2018

Minimalist Wine Stars In The Dark.jpg
Minimalist Wine Stars In The Dark.jpg

NEW! Minimalist Wines 'Stars in the Dark' Syrah, Elim, South Africa 2018


“Snap it up!” - Jancis Robinson, 17.5 points

Parents! Do you know where your children are? Well, Sam Lambson’s parents don’t need to worry, because he’s mostly in the winery making astonishingly good Syrah and when he’s not, he’s studying oenology at the University of Stellenbosch. This fresh-faced college student is the epitome of South Africa’s New Wave, inspired by the likes of Eben Sadie and Chris Alheit, he’s the next generation of super-talented producers taking Cape wines in the exciting new direction that started in the Swartland and has spread to all regions, in this case, the rugged coastal region of Elim, only a few miles from the most southerly tip of Africa, which isn’t the romantically-named ‘Cape of Good Hope’, but the more clunky-sounding Cape Agulhas.

Here are a few reviews from the wine press:

Jancis Robinson MW: “19-year-old vines on shale. Whole bunch. Natural yeast. No added sulphur. The South African allocation of the total production of 800 bottles is already sold out. This should please the naturalistas! Not extreme but clearly out on a bit of a limb. Very savoury. Pretty Côte Rôtie-like! Richard Hemming MW would LOVE this. Really adds to the range that South Africa can offer. Snap this up! 13.5%. Drink now-2023.” 17.5 points

Greg Sherwood MW: “A 100% pure Syrah red with piercing black fruit aromatics that chime with seductive cherry blossom, crushed violets and dried lavender perfume which rises imperiously out the glass before the nose reverts back to more traditional Northern Rhône Syrah notes of black olive tapenade, cured meats, German deli and a saline black currant fruit intensity. The palate shows ample stony mineral tannins that underpin the fresh, cool zippy coastal acids supported by a wonderful background note of kelp and ocean sea breeze. A really super classy maiden release red from this quality obsessive producer. Sam Lambson is definitely a star to watch. Pop some of these in your cellar for a couple of years and drink over the next 5 to 10+ years.” 95 points

Jancis Robinson MW: “While we are considering matters superior and South African, I would also like to highlight one wine that particularly struck me at this week’s New Wave South Africa tasting in London as it’s made in too small a quantity to be possible to recommend as a wine of the week. It is made by 21-year-old Sam Lambson, a curly-haired lamb of a lad who is currently completing his BSc in Oenology at the University of Stellenbosch. As I tasted this stunning wine, I immediately thought how much both Richard and Tam would love it – Richard because it’s a dead ringer for a Côte Rôtie and Tam because it wears its sustainable credentials on its sleeve. The grapes from 19-year-old vines on shale were not destemmed. No sulphur was added. ‘This should please the naturalistas!,’ I wrote, adding, ‘it’s not extreme but is clearly out on a bit of a limb.’ To my mind it really adds to the range of Syrah on offer from the Cape. Most of those I tasted on Tuesday were much heavier and sweeter but this is a delightfully transparent, savoury, appetising number. ‘Snap this up!’, I wrote. Which you will need to as only 800 bottles were made and it’s already sold out in South Africa.”


Add To Cart