Minimalist Wines No Place Like Home 2021
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PRODUCER: Studying Oenology at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University while working in the town’s boutique wine store, Hawk & Schoon, and passing WSET3 (with distinctions), were the starting points for Sam’s wine education. But the passion kicked in while working harvests under the leading Cape winemakers Carl van der Merwe, Lukas van Loggerenberg and Chris Alheit.
It was then he discovered that making good wine is all about working with good grapes and good people… and the importance of treating them both gently in the vineyard and the cellar. It was also the beginning of Sam’s love affair with Syrah. He launched Minimalist Wines, aged 21, to explore its diversity in South African terroir and to showcase its elegant power in the cooler climate vineyards of the Cape.
WINEMAKING: As always, our grapes do the talking, so we make our wines simply, but carefully, with minimal intervention. Each of the 4 picks was harvested separately, and completed their spontaneous fermentations over an average of two weeks, with 20% wholebunch and 1-2 punchdowns daily. Once pressed gently to tank, they were racked to neutral 228L French Oak, aged on gross lees through Winter, and racked again in Spring, before being returned to barrel where they each matured for a total of 16 months.
TASTING NOTE: “An alluring and instantly impressive classically styled wine aged in neutral 228 litre French oak barrels for 16 months, reveals complex aromatics of ripe black plum, boysenberry, potpourri, sweet black peppercorns with a hint of sweet grilled herbs and black berry reduction. The intensity and precision of this 2021 are notable and follow to an elegant, medium-bodied palate that coats the mouth with sumptuous, saline cassis fruit layers, sweet smoky black currant and subtle hints of kelp and oyster shell minerality. This is another delightfully vibrant expression that will seduce many Syrah obsessives, with its 20% whole bunch portion adding an extra little complexing sapidity on the long finish. Undoubtedly a wine that is going to cause a stir… but that is exactly what Sam Lambson has become famous for! Start chasing an allocation now and drink this beauty on release and over the next 6 to 10+ years.” 96 points Greg Sherwood MW