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Rall Red 2015

Rall Red 2015

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"The 2015 Red Blend from Donovan Rall is a blend of 80% Syrah, 15% Grenache and for the first time, 5% Cinsault, with 100% whole bunch. Deep in color, it has a very well-defined bouquet with ebullient dark cherry, red plum and bergamot aromas, that trait of melted asphalt surfacing with continued aeration. The palate is medium-bodied (again) with slightly tarry red fruit, the stem addition neatly integrated, a bitter cherry note towards the structured finish and a prolonged black pepper aftertaste. It feels broodier, more introspective than previous vintages, which Donovan suggests might be because of the iron content in the vineyard. It deserves 3-4 years in bottle, if you can wait. Drink: 2020-2035. 93 points

Donovan Rall has been one of the most consistent winemakers in South Africa in recent years, his wines quite rightly lauded. Despite the adulation, he has kept his feet on the ground but never a man to rest on his laurels, he told me that he is gradually moving away from oak and using more concrete vats, including some amphorae that he is currently testing on his Chardonnay. "My two top wines will come from a schist vineyard on the Porseleinberg side of the hill," he told me. "The longest wine in barrel is the 2016 Red Blend that has just finished 20 months élevage. Also, from 2017 there will be a Consult Blanc, just 1.5 tons, however." Donovan's wines are exemplary, full of character and complexity, and given the price you would have to search high and wide for better value."

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230)