Michael Olivier Talks Shiraz 2016

“From a Bordeaux bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is elegant and minimalistic, saying no more than it needs to. In the glass, the wine is a dark blood plum at the heart which pales out to blood plum juice on a white plate colour at the edges. The aromas are of red and black berries and cherries, The spice one looks for in Shiraz is there, an undertow of sweet brown spices, cloves, cinnamon, a grind or two of black pepper and a whisper of fynbos herbaceousness. 

The palate has a golden thread of plum skin acidity running through it from entry to the long and gently waning aftertaste. The flavours are rich and concentrated, silken mouthfeel with the oak and ‘iron hand in velvet glove’ tannins well integrated into the wine.

Dirk van Zyl, Saxenburg Wine Maker says the 2016s, in his opinion, are drinking beautifully now. An impressive glass.

The Saxenburg Private Collection Shiraz 2016 is superb as a quiet contemplative sipper. It comes alive with food. A tranche of beef, out of the oven or from over the coals, served with a good mustard sauce is the answer. Or just some good butter and fresh thyme.”

Michael Olivier, South African Wine & Food Commentator.

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