A Case of South African Syrah from Neal Martin’s recent SA Report.
“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: South Africa is currently producing some of the greatest wines in the world. I state that as someone who has been fortunate to drink more than my fair share of legendary bottles. Before flying to the Cape, out of curiosity, I leafed through the chapter on South Africa that I composed for Robert Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide in 2009. Apart from being completely out-of-date, perusing my ranking of the country’s finest producers, there were only a couple that I would consider today. During those intervening years, South Africa’s wine scene has burgeoned with a dazzling array of new winemakers excelling at their craft. Underpinning quality is the vastly improved vineyard practices. There’s just more viticultural TLC coupled with less invasive winemaking practices, allowing the Cape’s diverse terroirs to “speak”. – Neal Martin.