Compelling Shiraz from Stellenbosch
We continue to oscillate between our old and new houses. Today it was to check in on the refinished floors which look great now that they are done. With my attention drawn to the new house the wines I open are more random in selection. Tim recently brought in several new South African wines with the 2010 Tokara, Shiraz, Stellenbosch one of them. This is my favorite of a trio Jenn and I tasted through. I found that the subtle influences of saddle leather, smoke, and earth already add complexity. The wine is a bit firm from youth so you should try a bottle now to satisfy your curiosity then cellar several more bottles for the winter. At $19 per bottle this is a good value. This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.
2010 Tokara, Shiraz, Stellenbosch – $19
Imported by Dreyfus Ashby & Co. This wine is a blend of 89% Shiraz and 11% Mourvedre that was fermented in a combination of stainless steel and oak foudres then aged for 18 months in 10% new French barriques. Alcohol 15%. Aromas of saddle leather made way to black fruit with a touch of smoke. With air, the very ripe core of fruit took on a subtle earthy hint. It showed more acidity and firmness in the finish. Overall, this compelling wine was concentrated, salty, persistent, and in need of just a bit more aging. *** 2016-2020.