2018 Rall Red

Rall |Swartland |Shiraz
Donovan Rall's nod to the Rhone, this Syrah blend is red fruited with plenty of dried herbs and spices.
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From South Africa's Swartland region this is a Syrah dominant blend with Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault adding depth and balance. The fruit is predominantly red berries with some darker Carignan fruit showing in the background. 100% whole-bunch fermentation has accented the natural spice and added a wonderful lift. The structure is supple but grippy.

Vibrant and complex this is a wine that showcases Rall's mastery of his region and is a must for followers of Syrah in all its glorious incarnations or, for Rhone drinkers seeking some high quality diversity.

Syrah 70% Grenache 12% Carignan 10% Cinsault 8% The highest percentage of varieties other than Syrah since the first vintage in 2008 resulting in the most "Rhone like" version for me to date.

In the 2018 vintage we still had a lot of stress on the vines from the drought so by adding more of the GCC that can generally be harvested earlier than Syrah we could add more fruit and freshness to the wine in a natural way without having to acidify and this is also the first Rall Red below 14% alc.

Loads of red fruit and spice from nearly 100% whole bunch fermentation on all components. Matured in old french oak for 12 months before being bottled unfixed and highly filtered and further bottle maturation of 12 months before release.

Region: Swartland, South Africa
Blend: Syrah (70%), Grenache (12%), Carignan (10%) and Cinsault (8%)
ABV: 13.50%
Closure: 750ml
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93 Points - "Donovan Rall is the man behind the wine. This is a blend of syrah, grenache, carignan and some cinsault. All from Swartland. A cult-ish producer from RSA.Sappy, savoury red, medium weight, or just shy of it, very fresh feeling, red and black fruited, dusted liberally with lively dried herb and peppery spices. Washes over the palate beautifully, finishes fresh and with a building, chalky pucker of tannins. Wonderfully savoury, attractive, personality filled and delicious red."- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

92 Points - "Until the string of drought years that have beset South Africa, this blend used to be about 90% Syrah but in 2018 this dropped to 70% early-picked Syrah, joined by 12% Grenache and (for the acidity) 10% Carignan and 8% Cinsault. It's broody and dense, even with an extra year under its belt, with slightly drying tannins, an earthy yet supple mouthfeel and flavours of spiced red berries, deeper inky brambles and warm gravel. Give it time to unwind."- Tina Gellie (Decanter Magazine) ,

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