I haven't really ventured into South African wines for
awhile, so this time, I decided to see what Canal's had on
Well, the label got me; a stylized wolf that looks like
an wood block cut design and the varietals used are Syrah
(68%), Mourvedre (30%) and Viognier (2%).
On tasting the wine, I gave it a chance to amply breathe,
as upon immediately opening, it is quite rough. However,
given time, this wine gives both a combination of dastardly
spice (more earthy and peppery) and oak (French oak). The
Mourvedre definitely offsets the raw power of the Syrah and
brings it something totally different. I can't honestly
tell you what the Viognier does, but it's an interesting
grape to mix in; it's white, and they added it to two reds.
The aroma delivers a pungency of spice, and the color is
closer to a royal purple; you can see the beauty of it while
looking through the meniscus, but nothing through the rest
of the glass, unless held up to a bright light source.
This wine would be great with spicy foods based on red
meat or darker fishes. It might even fare well with some