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Uitkyk Shiraz 2010

Good effort.

Good effort.

It’s been my contention for a while now that the wineries which make up Cape Legends, the premium wine brand division of Distell, under-perform and none more so than the five Lusan-owned: Le Bonheur, Uitkyk, Stellenzicht, Alto and Neethlingshof.

Our biggest producer-wholesaler should be leading from the front and I’m therefore happy to say I recently encountered an Uitkyk wine which more than makes the grade, namely the the Shiraz 2010.

Including 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, maturation took place in 45% French, 32% American and 23% Hungarian oak, only 26% new for between 17 and 20 months.

There’s red and black fruit but also pepper and attractive oak-derived notes including spice and a little tarriness.  It’s got good fruit purity, nice freshness and fine tannins.  Whereas so many of the other wines in the Cape Legends portfolio are utterly middle-of-the-road, this is genuinely characterful and appealing. Approximate retail price: R99.95 a bottle.

Score: 90/100.

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