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Wine

Syrah/Mourvedre 2009
Source Miguel Chan Wine Journal
Reviewed by Miguel Chan
Review date May 2012
Rating 90/100
Review Clear, bright, dark ruby red with purple rim, high concentration, high viscosity.

Clean, high intensity, dark ripe plums, blueberries, very ripe grape, but not raisin, complex earthy note, complex spicy medley of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, black pepper, cured beef, subtle oaking lending delicate vanilla, light toast, mocha / cacao, dark chocolate.

Dry with medium plus acidity, full bodied, crisp, juicy, savoury with black olives in brine note, fresh, elegant yet powerful and mouth filling, wild berry, lively almost zesty rocky character, savoury, high structural complexity, long spicy length.
Combination of French and splash American oak.
Only starting to open now, will be better in -/+ 4 years, now until 2022+.

From organic www.fr.sgs.com/organic 75% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre grapes.

   
 

Wine

Syrah/Mourvedre 2008
Source “South Africa at Millesime BIO 2009”. Grape, 1 March 2009
Reviewed by Bisso Atanassov (Russian wine journalist)
Review date 1 March 2009
Rating 18.5/20
Review

“I bumped into the Syrah/Mourvèdre 2008 blend of Lazanou Organic Vineyards in the so called Oenothèque (another well hidden “appendix” of the fair where you could taste part of the winning wines from Challenge Millésime-BIO as well as some others – I found it only on the second day of the fair by pure chance!), fell in love with the wine’s bright character and flavour that equally expressed both varieties (18.5/20) and decided to find Lazanou’s table as I’ve never heard of him before”.

“Jo Lazarus, the very friendly owner of this small farm in Wellington (8.5 ha) made me taste his other wines nearly all of which were first or second vintage. I liked very much his Chenin 2008, un-wooded but aged on lees – an example of elegance and minerality layered with ripe fruit and adequate acidity (17/20) and his very distinct but interesting barrel fermented Syrah 2007 of another clone (18/20). We discussed a bit (I was “flying”), Jo said that organic farming was comparatively new for South Africa but gaining momentum and that he’s happy with the results he has obtained so far. So was I and judging by the two French guys tasting on my side and their comments they were happy too.”

   
 

Wine

Syrah/Mourvedre 2008
Source WineWriting.com, France
Reviewed by (Richard M James. International wine writer)
Rating 88.5/100
Review More aromatic and smokier too with pepper, 'tar' and black olive notes; very peppery palate showing nice weight, black cherry fruit and dry very rounded tannins; a bit of punch but still well-balanced finish.