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Wine

Syrah 2009
Source Miguel Chan Wine Journal
Reviewed by Miguel Chan
Review date May 2012
Rating 86+/100
Review Clear, bright, ruby red with purple rim, high concentration and high viscosity.

Clean, high intensity, gragrant, kind of St Joseph perfume, but slightly on the riper side, nevertheless very seductive, ripe dark plums, blackberries, fine respect of fruits, fleshy ripe black olives, floral complexity of rosemary and lavender flower, loamy earthy note, delicate character.

Dry with medium plus acidity, fresh and elegant, subtle extractions, true to type Syrah, delicately juicy, spicy and peppery texture, medium ripe tannins, salty tangy black fruits follows through, savory, full bodied with high alcohol (14%) but well integrated, honest unforceful style, medium plus complexity, medium plus lenght.

Whole berry fermentation, a fine act considering the hot climate of Wellington, have preserved just the right amount of crucial natural acidity, excellent Syrah for food pairings, marginally better that the 2008 vintage (85 Points), reflects the excellence of 2009 vintage across South Africa.

From now until 2018

   
 

Wine

Syrah 2007
Source Uncorked, Straight.Com, Vancouver, Canada. 7 May 2009
Reviewed by Jurgen Gothe. Prominent Canadian Food & Wine writer
Review date 7 May 2009
Review “A South African blockbuster, Lazanou Organic Syrah 2007, from a new boutique winery near Cape Town. It’ll set you back $29.99, but you’ll be amply rewarded by a solid and ultraripe 100-percent Syrah that’s lived a year in its little French-oak abode. It’s big, bold, and inky, with surprisingly soft and subtle cherry-ripe flavours; sweet, spicy, and stunning, it’s meant for big and bold food flavours. A heady, gorgeous wine. It does, however, cost 30 bucks. At $13.99, it would fly off the shelves by the wheelbarrow load. Ah, in a perfect world…”
   
 

Wine

Syrah 2007
Source “South Africa at Millesime BIO 2009”. Grape, 1 March 2009
Reviewed by Bisso Atanassov (Russian wine journalist)
Review date 1 March 2009
Rating 18/20
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 2007
Source WineWriting.com, France
Reviewed by (Richard M James. International wine writer)
Rating 85/100
Review Touches of chocolate oak with overlaying spicy berry / cherry fruit and herbal notes; a tad too toasty on the palate but it does have some elegant fruit and fresh acid / suitable dry tannins too.