2003 Zondernaam Shiraz nice structure and drinkability
Made at the recently opened Tokara winery this has an interesting background. The name, Zondernaam, was used as the developmental label for the Tokara winery and has now become a second label. The winery wanted to get some cash flow and let the vines develop a bit of maturity before launching the Tokara label. Initially projected to be phased out once the Tokara label came on to line this has been given a reprieve at this point in time. On visiting the winery in mid spring of this year we were told that the wines under this label had developed a large following and weren't going to be phased out after all; so they appear to have a life and following of their own. When you try this Shiraz you understand several things, first off, that Shiraz has a place in the Cape and secondly, this label, if it can consistently produce wines of this stature will have a history to it, which means in reality a future to continue to produce delicious, well priced wines.
Notes of subtle spice come out of the glass, soft cinnamon, a whisper of clove, then an underlying note of pepper and saddle leather. The nose titillates with its well integrated spice and fruit nuances, rather than coming across forcefully, with a rich backbone dark red fruit for support. The palate has good suppleness, showcasing sweet ripe red and black fruits that are spice infused, medium-fuller bodied with riper tannins softening the finish, giving this wine an excellent drink me now approachability, yet should age nicely over the next 3-4 years.