Two Great New South African Wines Coming to the U.S.
Here’s some exciting news about two wines coming soon to the Terlato South Africa portfolio, the 2010 Cirrus Syrah and 2009 Rust En Vrede 1694 Classification. Both wines just received huge reviews from the Wine Spectator – a 93-point score for the Cirrus and a 94-point score and “Hot Wine” designation for the Rust en Vrede.
These limit-production wines both highlight the great potential of Syrah from Stellenbosch – Cirrus as a varietal Syrah and the Rust En Vrede 1694 Classification as a blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Here are the reviews from the Spectator’s South Africa expert, James Molesworth:
Syrah Stellenbosch 2010
93 points | $40 | 225 cases made | Red
A toasty style, with an ample core of crushed plum, steeped currant and blackberry paste flavors, rolled with charcoal and backed by a lingering anise note. Best from 2015 through 2020.—J.M.
Rust en Vrede
1694 Classification Stellenbosch 2009
94 points | $128 | 293 cases made | Red
Densely packed, with dark currant, fig and blackberry notes, lined with a strong charcoal edge, this is impressively rendered, delivering a muscular feel through the bramble- and ganache-filled finish.Cuts a broad swath, but the tarry spine pins everything together. Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2015 through 2020.
From South Africa.—J.M.
These reviews appeared in the Feb. 5 Wine Spectator Insider, which provides Spectator subscribers an advance look at the top wines that will be published in upcoming issues of the magazine.