Van Loggerenberg Graft Syrah 2018
This vintage is exclusively from Syrah whereas the maiden 2017 contained a significant portion of Cinsault. 100% whole-bunch fermentation and matured for nine months in French oak, a third new. The nose shows a slight smoky note before dark fruit and pepper. The palate is forceful due to fruit density rather than high alcohol or extraction, the tannins firm and crunchy and again this probably needs at least 12 months in bottle to come into its own.
Christian Eedes’ rating: 91/100.