2010 Reynvaan Family - Syrah The Contender 750ml

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WA 96   WS 93   IWC 93(+?)   Collector 89
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

Even richer, the 2010 Syrah The Contender has a serious, deep and layered profile with notions of blackberry, smoked plums, ground pepper, big minerality, lavender and hints of gamey beef all emerging from the glass. These characteristics carry over to the palate where the wine is full-bodied, beautifully polished, concentrated and structured. Showing masses of finely honed tannin on the finish, this knockout effort will evolve gracefully for 12-15+ years or more. Drink 2015-2027.

Drink Dates: 2015-2027
Issue: 207

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Firm in texture, with dense tobacco and brown sugar accents to the blackberry and licorice flavors, lingering against lightly crunchy tannins on the finish.

Drink Dates: 2015-2020
Author: Harvey Steiman

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(+?)

(includes 4% marsanne): Good deep red. Initially subdued nose opened with air to show varietally accurate scents of raspberry, woodsmoke, game and brown spices. Sweet, plush and impressively deep, with an impression of baby fat leavened by firm acidity and a saline underpinning. The red fruit and game flavors carry well on the rising, very long finish, which features building, seamless tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 171

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 89
Author: Jon S495
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 10/14/2013

Average rating: 94, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

24 bottles owned by 15 collectors.

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Wine Varietal: Syrah

While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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