- Carignan, Samso / Carignan, Syrah
- Full Bodied
- 14% alc./vol
About the Winery
Radford DaleRadford Dale and The Winery of Good Hope are two brands made by the same people, in the same winery. The team behind these wineries has been an industry leader since the 1990s in chemical free farming, and more recently in low and no sulfur winemaking. They are a founding member of PIWOSA (Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa) which sets ethical, environmental and social uplift standards. Recognizing the social inequality present in South Africa Radford Dale has also set up a trust called Land of Hope to help facilitate bright futures for children, focusing heavily on education.
Alex Dale who owns and manages both projects is an Englishman who grew up spending summers in Burgundy, France. He moved there in his late teens to follow a passion for winemaking and also opened a wine bar in Beaune. He lived in Burgundy for many years before moving to South Africa in 1998, starting Radford Dale with Ben Radford, an Australian. The idea was to produce wines using modern techniques and technology with a healthy respect for tradition, something Alex came to understand well while living in Burgundy.Wines are made with minimal intervention in order to best express each vineyard’s individuality.
95 Points - David Lawrason
What an experience! Will you love it? Who knows? But it is one these wine that engages and pushes boundaries. The basics are that Black Rock is a five-grape Rhone-inspired blend with 60% syrah in the driver's seat. It is from the arid Swartland that is perfectly poised for this genre. It pours fairly deep ruby-garnet with a touch of maturity. The nose shows all kinds of spice-driven complexity - pepper, cinnamon, cedar, along with wood smoke and licorice. And for fruit? Expect dried cherry/currant and olive. It is full bodied, intense, warm and very energized. A touch volatile but there is so much else going that the VA is hardly crashing the party. It is firm, fairly tannic and mineral, with excellent to outstanding length. Tasted Feb 2023