Few Syrahs worldwide over-deliver as consistently as Sons of Sugarland, a Polkadraai Hills red that shows the magic touch of the youthful Reenen Borman. Blood, white pepper and stony intensity characterise the nose and palate of this remarkable, whole bunch-fermented red.
Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com
About this WINE
Ron Burgundy Wines
Ron Burgundy Wines stands out as a remarkable and inventive collaboration, uniting the young winemaking talents of Reenen Borman alongside his esteemed business partners, Henk Kotze and Fritz Schoon. The manifestation of their shared passion for winemaking and commitment to crafting extraordinary wines, “Sons of Sugarland Syrah,” is a testament to their artistry.
The wine represents a pinnacle of the producer’s pursuit of perfection, as they proudly utilise the purportedly “superior” pure SH99 Syrah clone, ensuring the finest quality grapes. Employing a winemaking process that involves 100% whole-bunch fermentation, they infuse the wine with complexity and a distinct character that sets it apart.
Upon tasting, this audacious and flavourful Syrah unveils an enthralling expression of the Stellenbosch region. Rich aromas of dark berries, alluring spices, and hints of pepper greet the senses, leading to a palate brimming with luscious fruit flavours. A velvety texture and well-integrated tannins complete the sensory journey, showcasing the finesse and craftsmanship poured into this wine.
A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.
It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.
South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.