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Today we are going to review a single-varietal syrah wine from Paarl, South Africa – The Manor House Shiraz 2015 by Nederburg Wine Estate. In a world where bolder is better, syrah is the perfect choice, as it is darker and spicier than cabernet sauvignon and contains a high amounts of health-invigorating antioxidants. Syrah, also known as Shiraz, can be vinified in two major styles: old-world style and new-world style. The old-world syrah wines tend to have more acidity and earthy-herbaceous aromas, while the new-world shiraz wines are usually fruit-driven with lots of spice and hints of smoke. This particular wine has been aged in a combination of new, second- and third-fill french, east-european and american oak barrels for 27 months prior to blending and is produced from syrah grapes that are sourced from the the Paarl wine district, that lies to the north of Stellenbosch. Paarl is bordered by the Groot Klein Drakenstein mountains to the south and the Franschhoek ranges to the south-east, with the Berg River running through. The curious thing about Paarl is that it requires supplementary irrigation in the hot growing season before the harvest, while the vineyards on the eastern slopes, having better water retention, need none at all. The Manor House is an ultra-premium collection of single varietal wines that represent Nederburg’s best sites. The name of the series is inspired by the Cape Dutch manor house built in 1800 by Nederburg’s founder, Philippus Wolvaart. That said, without further ado, let’s take a look at the wine tasting results and find out how good this wine really is. On to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
fruit profile: black fruits
__black fruits: black cherry | blackcurrant | blackberry | black plum | black mulberry
fruit character: overripe & dried
non fruit: spice | oak | sweet | earth
__spice: black pepper | cloves
__oak: liquorice | tobacco | roasted oakwood | tree bark
__sweet: dried black cherry| dried black plum | black cherry jam | blackcurrant jam
__earth: black soil | dust
__wood: old & new / medium roasted
body: round | full
fruit profile: black fruits
fruit character: overripe
non fruit: spice | sweet
maturity: on the rise | developing
verdict: great | a must try
This is definitely a great wine of South Africa and, with a total of 92.7 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.
Verdict: this is an outstanding shiraz wine: ripe, rich and expressive – a wine that still needs a bit more time in the bottle (3 to 5 years should suffice) to round up before it will reach the summit of its prime form. It tastes round and firm, with a nuanced fruity-jammy accent, crisp acidity and a touch of alcoholic warmth on the mouthfeel. The wine feels very appealing, seedy and angular, with a full body, ripe tannins and a slightly rough finale. The wine also delivers some very expressive spicy-oaky notes, which mixed with those overripe and jammy black fruits notes, forms a very intriguing flavour profile, where primary fruit is complemented nicely by the oak-infused flavours. Overall this is a new-world style shiraz wine that lacks a bit of finesse and elegance on the plate, a wine that will do amazingly well alongside some spicy or barbequed meats. Enjoy!
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