2016 Lismore Syrah Cape South Coast

Greyton,,,, South Africa, SOUTH, AFRICA
Wine Style
Dominant Grape
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drink or keep
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Wine Score
93 points, Neal Martin, vinous.com, Aug 2018
95 points, Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, Oct 2017
17 points, Richard Hemming, jancisrobinson.com, September 2018
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Media Reviews

Neal Martin

The 2016 Syrah, half each from Elgin and Greyton, includes 40% whole cluster fruit and was matured in 50% new oak. It has a perfumed bouquet of mulberry, blueberry and crushed iris aromas, quite Côte-Rôtie in style and certainly very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin and good grip in the mouth, and quite saline in style (especially in the second half), with just a hint of Japanese nori infiltrating the red fruit toward the finish. This is very refined and feels very persistent in the mouth, although it clearly needs a couple of years in bottle. Excellent. 93 points

Tim Atkin MW

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 2019-26. 95 points

Richard Hemming

This is 50% own fruit and 50% Elgin. When she has enough she will bottle some of her own fruit separately as it is so distinctive and floral. Mostly neutral oak but about 25% new (500 litre always). 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

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