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South Africa, Stellenbosch


Rustenberg 'Buzzard Kloof' Syrah 2015

Rustenberg 'Buzzard Kloof' Syrah 2015 91 pts Wine Advocate & 4 ½ Stars 2019 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

91 pts Wine Advocate Issue #230 April 2017
The 2015 Buzzard Kloof Syrah comes from south-facing slopes that receive less sunshine than the estate's other vineyards (the site was originally selected by Steve Smith MW from Craggy Range in New Zealand). It has an intense but not opulent bouquet, the coolness of the site fighting against the warmth of the growing season to find a happy equilibrium. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe tannin, luscious blackberry and bilberry fruit, sea salt and black pepper, leading to a long and sensual finish, licorice on the aftertaste. There is a lot going on in this Syrah and it will benefit from several years in bottle.
4 ½ Stars 2019 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
From a specific cooler site, yet 15 (90 pts) is a big powerful wine, with a majestic structure of ripe tannin & acid. But it’s the intensity & spicy complexity of the fruit that counts, & the appropriate oaking (40% new), & the balance, which doesn’t reveal the 14.7% alcohol.

Winemaker Notes

The cold wet Winter of 2014 started early and ended late, which is ideal for the vineyards' dormancy; however an unseasonably cool Spring resulted in the vines going into Summer with 10 to 40% less crop than usual. The remainder of the season was warm and dry resulting in one of the earliest harvests on record. Zero disease pressure and small crops of fantastic ripe fruit combined with high natural acids make this potentially the vintage of the decade.
The wine exhibits an enticing nose of pepper, violets and ripe berry fruits which follow through to a well-structured and lengthy palate with fine grained tannins.

Chemical Analysis




14.5% alcohol by volume




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