2013 Fable Mountain "Tulbagh Estate" Syrah Western Cape (Previously $30) SKU #1346271

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VN 92 JS 90
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K&L Notes

94 points, Falstaf: "Strong ruby-garnet, violet reflexes, subtle edge brightening. Dark forest berry confit, delicate red berry accents, but also some elderberries, spicy nuances reminiscent of fynbos, a touch of orange zest. Juicy heart cherry fruit, ripe and harmonious, silky tannins, extra-sweet reverberation, already very well developed, a versatile food companion with good aging potential."

Staff Reviews

  • Brian Fogarty
    By: Brian Fogarty
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine's remarkability starts with the terroir footprint they have in the Western Cape region of Talbagh (adjacent to Swartland and 2 hours from Cape Town); thin soils sitting on top of ancient, vertical shale. Of course the talented people who organically farm and craft their wines in the cellar should receive some of the credit too. Their property is literally in the shadow of the Witzenberg Mountains (looking like 3 sleeping giants on the label) so every morning these high elevation vineyards do not see direct sunlight till mid-day keeping them cool and abbreviating their growing season. This unique geographical feature allows them to have a slow ripening in the summer and maintain fresh acidity for an elegant fruit profile. To further amplify what nature has given them the team cultivates the land with biodynamic practices using animals in the vineyard to mow, aerate and fertilize the fields naturally in the winter months. However, every night the cows, sheep and “one ugly pig” have to be herded back into the barn to protect them from the wild things lurking in the adjacent Wilderness Refuge. Partnering so closely with Mother Nature has its risks and its rewards! Rich, bold fruit and a caress of oak on the nose gets serious and structured on the palate. Black cherries, anise, and bramble berries partner with dark chocolate and herbs into a savory finish.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a classic Syrah in the vein of Cote Rotie, with powerful black and red fruit, firm, mouthcoating tannins, and penetrating minerality. The fruit is biodynamically farmed, and the Tulbaugh Estate animals roam freely in the vineyards, adding to the unique ecosystem. There is a pleasantly rustic quality to the wine as well, particularly in the aromatic profile, and the palate offers a hefty portion of tart red fruit and fresh acidity, which makes this wine especially food friendly.
  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    K&L Staff Member
    One of my favorite bottles of South African Syrah, this can contend with anything from southern France at the same price. Exactly what I'm looking for in good Syrah; the raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries are ripe and vivid but not overt; aromatic, freshly cracked black pepper and cedar; subtle, roasted herbs; bracing, lifted acidity that keeps everything quite high-toned. The oak reveals itself in wisps of dark chocolate that never threaten to overtake the wine. This is a stunning find for Syrah nerds like myself.
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of those deals that we seemingly continuously create and yet somehow are remarkable each time, namely that we get serious, delicious wine at prices seen nowhere else. Take this all estate biodynamic and all the other buzz words and proper practices Syrah, it is actually fantastic and at an incredible price. Seriously, this wine has a lovely nose of ripe berry with touches of savory notes. Medium body with a surprising tart yet broad acid notes leads to a long finish.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    Wow! That is what you can expect with your first sniff of this wine. The nose is heavy it is so rich. Dark macerated cherry and pomegrante backed with sweet woodsy notes, whiffs of tar and then laden with lots of pepper. The wine is big but polished with an almost creamy roundness, just no cream. More blue fruits come to play on the palate and again big spice. This is an intense wine, that doesn't require an intense meal. A perfect bridge for anyone who loves Rhone wines and wants to try some of the best wine coming from South Africa at a crazy reasonable price.


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