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Steve Tanzer on Haskell Vineyards

Leading U.S. critic Steven Tanzer released an expansive set of reviews of South African wines recently. Tanzer’s scoring of wines is a departure from the modern inflationary norm, an approach that he has remained consistent to once again this year.

We were delighted to read that five Haskell wines rated 90 points or more on Tanzer’s 100 point scale. Those ratings, and impressive tasting notes, are detailed below,

90 Points | Haskell Anvil Chardonnay 2012 – (just 12.3% alcohol; no malolactic fermentation; 50% new oak): Bright, pale yellow. Sexy, musky aromas of lime peel, white peach and flinty minerality, with a touch of Burgundian hazelnut. Rich, silky and dry, with mineraldriven acidity enlivening the flavors of lemon, white flowers and vanillin oak. This sophisticated, uncompromising Chardonnay should evolve slowly.

90 Points | Haskell Aeon Syrah 2011 – (blended with 5% Mourvedre): Bright red-ruby. Musky, smoky aromas of dark cherry, black pepper and flint. On the palate, black cherry and spice flavors are lifted by pepper and floral nuances. Plush, ripe and smooth, showing a distinctly smoky quality. This sweet, concentrated wine finishes with very suave tannins and lovely peppery length. Should be long-lived.

90 Points | Haskell Pillars Syrah 2011 – Bright, dark red. Dark cherry, mocha and spices lifted by pepper and flowers on the nose. Sweet, supple and finegrained, with black fruit, violet and smoky oak flavors showing a seamless quality and lovely immediate appeal. Slightly wild but at the same time suave in texture, finishing with smooth tannins and subtle persistence.

90 Points | Haskell II 2010 – (62% Shiraz, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Mourvedre): Bright red-ruby. Redcurrant, mocha, pepper, licorice and smoky oak on the nose. Sappy, round and finegrained, with excellent intensity to the dark berry, fresh herb and menthol flavors. Lovely restrained chocolatey sweetness leavened by subtle green elements. Sexy use of oak here. Still very young.

90 Points | Haskell IV 2009 – (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Shiraz): Bright deep ruby. Musky aromas of red- and blackcurrant, licorice, dusty herbs and minerals. Densely packed and vibrant, with sweet, brambly berry and tobacco flavors framed by harmonious acidity. Finishes firmly structured, juicy and long, with a fine dusting of tannins. A classic, traditionally styled red blend, evolving slowly and gracefully.

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