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2014 Lismore Syrah - 94 PTS - WA

wa94"The 2014 Syrah is 40% whole bunch fermented and matured in older, small barrel and then transferred into 3,000-liter fermenters for six months to capture the aromatics. It has a fascinating nose, very floral and expressive, with cranberry, rose petals, marmalade and white fennel that you would swear comes from some old Rhône. Fabulous. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a little tighter than the aromatics, and brimming over with character. There is fruit here, but the smorgasbord of Provençal white fennel, sage and fynbos is all over the place. This is one of the best Syrahs I have encountered from South Africa. - Neal Martin"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (November 2015), 94 pts
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2014 Lismore Syrah - 95 PTS - WINE MAG

wine mag za logo 250"The Syrah 2014 from Greyton property is breath-taking. Involving 40% whole-bunch fermentation, winemaker Samantha O’Keefe initially put the wine into barrique but anxious that she would lose the wine’s perfume, almost immediately transferred it to a 3 000-litre vat, where it matured for six months.
It shows red and black fruit, fynbos, white pepper and a particular coriander seed note. Pure and fresh with lovely fine tannins – small but perfectly formed, as they say."
- Wine Mag (September 17th 2015), 95 pts

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2015 Lismore Syrah - 90+ PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Bright ruby-red. Slightly liqueur-like ripeness to the brooding aromas of blackberry, cassis, black pepper, dusty herbs and black olive. Plush, dense and very ripe in a distinctly primary, classically dry style. A rather powerful, brooding, youthfully clenched wine with pungent peppery lift to its dark berry, olive tapenade and violet flavors. A bit youthfully brutal, with tongue- and toothdusting tannins that call for patience. Give this at least another year or two to harmonize. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Vinous (May 2017), 90+ pts

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2015 Lismore Syrah - 95 PTS - Tim Atkin

tim atkin logo 250"If the 2014 Lismore Syrah was noteworthy - the 2012 and 2013 were not released - then this is even better. Deeply coloured and highly perfumed, with stony, granitic, liquorice, black pepper and tapenade notes, complemented by fynbos aromas, granular tannins, subtle oak and pithy acidity. Exceptional winemaking. Drink: 2017-25."
- Tim Atkin Master of Wine (SA Special Report 2016), 95 pts

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2016 Lismore Syrah - 17/20 PTS - JR

jancis robinson logo"This is 50% own fruit and 50% Elgin. When she has enough she will bottle some of her own fruit separately as it is so distinctive and floral. Mostly neutral oak but about 25% new (500 litre always).
Mid cherry red. It does still have a scented Côte Rôtie delicacy not only in the fruit character but also in the finest of tannic textures. More spice on the palate and there is such a lightness of touch here that the marked persistence comes as a surprise. This is a Pinot-esque Syrah though the tannins are Syrah texture. Drink 2018-2026"
- Jancis Robison, "New Wave South Africa tasting" (October 2017)

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2016 Lismore Syrah - 91 PTS - IWR

iwinereview"A richly expressive Syrah made of half estate fruit and half purchased fruit from Elgin. Pure plum, black raspberry and a touch of mulberry, it’s full in the mouth with good acidity and firm tannins on the finish. 40% whole bunch fermented and matured in oak vessels of diverse sizes. Samantha also showed us a barrel sample of her 2017 estate Syrah that was quite different—high toned, bright, perfumed, focused and elegant, more in a Northern Rhone style. An amazing Syrah!"
- International Wine Review (February 2018), 91 pts

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