Wine of Origin: Elim
Winery Location: Cape Town
Winemaker: Trizanne Barnard
Background: One of the Capes foremost women wine makers, Trizanne Barnard, established her own brand in 2008, Trizanne Signature Wines (TSW). Having had previous experience working harvests in France, Portugal, and Australia as well as being the winemaker of a few top wineries including Anwilke, it’s no surprise that her own range of wines are sold out each vintage. Her brand rose to fame with her excellent Elim sourced Sauvignon Blanc (first released in 2009) and today she continues to make the Sauvignon Blanc as well as a Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon blend, a Barbera from Darling vineyards, a Syrah/ Grenache Blend from the Swartland and her Reserve Syrah from Elim. An invitation last week to taste through previous vintages proved how well her wines have matured and later that evening we enjoyed recent vintages perfectly paired with Franck Dangeroux’s excellent food at The Food Barn (Noordhoek). It was a cold and wet evening, so no wonder that it was the Syrah Reserve that kept my glass full! The Syrah Reserve 2016 was grown on three separate vineyards (each vineyard having a different clone of Syrah) located in the cool climate area of Elim. Once harvested the wine was naturally fermented in open-top containers having daily punch-downs. After fermentation the wine spent 11 months in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels prior to bottling.
Result: Full and rich with a complex medley of berry flavours, gentle tannins and integrated wood flavours.
When to drink: Now till 2023
Drink with what: We enjoyed the wine with Franck’s springbok au poivre, truffled mash beignet and bitter leaves!
Expect to pay: R230.00