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Rudi Schultz - Syrah, Stellenbosch 2017

Red Wine from Stellenbosch · South Africa
Price: £17.95
Case Rate: £17.16
Ex Tax: £14.96
Country:
South Africa
Wine Region: Stellenbosch
Wine Maker: Rudi Schultz
Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now
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89+ pts  Vinous/Antonio Galloni
Country:
South Africa
Wine Region: Stellenbosch
Wine Maker: Rudi Schultz
Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now

Wine tasting notes

This stunning Syrah boasts beautiful aromas of blackberry, black cherry, raspberry and pepper that follow through on the lengthy palate. Well-integrated tannins and seductive hints of mocha, earth and spice add to the complexity of this eponymous bottling from Thelema winemaker Rudi Schultz.

Winery information

Rudi Schultz

One of South Africa's outstanding young talents, Rudi Schultz epitomises the exciting new generation of winemakers cropping up in this stunning part of the Cape. After working at Rustenberg and Jordan, Rudi joined Thelema in 2000 where he still works, alongside South African legend Gyles Webb. Whilst making Thelema's wine Rudi also makes 1000 cases of his own Syrah from a sun-soaked vineyard in Botterlay in the north west corner of Stellenbosch. The wine, made and reared in Thelema's cellars, is packed with deeply intense fruit and spice character heavily reminiscent of Southern Rhone and has already won wide acclaim both internationally and nationally, tipped as the Cape's great single varietal wine by highly respected South African wine journalist John Platter.

Expert reviews

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013) - 89+ pts

Wild, musky aromas of raspberry, blackberry, smoked meat and pepper. Silky and energetic, with lovely violet lift to the black fruit, licorice and pepper flavors. Seamless, fine-grained, slightly peppery Syrah with smooth tannins and good back-end lift. -- Stephen Tanzer


JancisRobinson.com (2008) - 15 pts

Published : 04 May 2012. Simple sweetness and lack of concentration on the nose. A bit tarted up. Then pinched. When to drink 2013 to 2016.


Wine Spectator (2014) - 92 pts

This is warm and inviting, with a range of açai berry, blueberry, plum and boysenberry fruit flavors that are wonderfully melded, gliding over anise and black tea notes. Offers a polished feel. Not shy on depth or length. Drink now through 2020.


Wine Enthusiast (2009) - 91 pts

Soft foliage notes lead on the nose of this wine, with supporting aromas of strawberry, raspberry and stewed rhubarb. The medium-weight mouth offers moderate tannins and a good streak of lifting acidity, resulting in a texture like crushed satin. Fruit-skin flavors linger on the medium-length close alongside accents of pepper and sweet spice. — L.B. (5/1/2013)


Platter's South African Wine Guide (2011) - 4 stars

Ripe, dark-fruited 2011 with smoky Asian spice notes. The round & supple palate shows intensity, intelligent oaking (15% new), & big but integrated 14.4% alcohol. More complexity with time.

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Vinification notes

The grapes were destemmed, hand sorted, crushed, and pumped into stainless steel tanks, and 15% of the stems were added back to the must. Fermentation occurred naturally over a period of 6 days, with submerged cap. The wine was left on the skins for an additional five days before pressing. It was then racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation. It was aged for 20 months in 225 liter French oak barrels (30% new, balance second and third fill).