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Wandering Beeste Syrah
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16¼/20

Wandering Beeste Syrah 2015

Swartland, Coastal Region, South AfricaThis skinny syrah is aptly named and labelled for Africa's famously skinny Nguni cattle. ‘Beeste’ is the Afrikaans word for cattle, and ‘Wandering Beeste’ was sourced from a farm high on Swartland’s Kasteelberg Mountain, sharing the steep, stony slopes with the wandering Beestes. Young, lauded South African winemaker Donovan Rall oversees this line of wines from Boutinot, devoted to single vineyard, terroir-expressive and low-intervention wines from around the Cape. This charming, bright, peppery red is half whole berry, half whole bunch, with sapid, resinous notes, perfumed blackberry, black cherry and a slate/stone base. Tannins are gritty but fine, and the acidity is brisk. Anise lingers on the end. A lovely, fresh, authentic, charming, medium-bodied syrah that speaks of place.Tasted: 05 June 2017Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 25.00 private wine stores Producer: BoutinotCSPC: 637298