South Africa offers some of the best value for money wine in the market today, this is a prime example. Made in Swartland, the heart of up and coming winemakers in South Africa. The sub-region its self saw a re-imagining with the Swartland Revolution festival and the Swartland independent producers foundation. Their aim is to make wines that show typicity and a true to original style with its own rules in varieties that can be used as well as winemaking practices. The region focuses mainly on Chenin and Shiraz grapes with smaller plantings of Mourvedre, Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault.
Syrah is hand-picked then fermented on the skins. Using pump overs and punch downs to keep the juice and skins in constant contact aids the aromatic profile. Natural yeast fermentation with 20 days of skin contact after fermentation adding texture to the palate. Finally aged in French foudres for over a year to soften and round out while adding a layer of complexity.
The Raconteur Syrah is pure, expressing a fruit-forward front palate of blackberries and black current with a lick of toast. A juicy mid-palate, soft tannin with a semi scented finish.
Its made to be quaffed, preferably while enjoying a Karoo lamb on the braai, ostrich steaks in a red wine sauce with saffron pilau rice, pie and mash or veggie sausages in a bun with sliced fried mushrooms & caramelised onion