Reynvaan Syrah The Contender 2014
|Jeb Dunnuck||(94-96)||Drink: N/A|
|Checking in as a mix of 94% Syrah and 6% Marsanne, the 2014 Syrah The Contender is another elegant, medium to full-bodied, layered wine from this estate that offers plenty of texture and length. Blackberries, violets, plums, pepper and hints of iron all emerge from this beauty, which can be enjoyed on release or cellared for a decade or more.
Like a lot of 2013s, I found that these latest bottled wines from Reynvaan were slightly more impressive from barrel than bottle, and I was left craving a touch more flesh and texture. Nevertheless, these are beautiful, elegant wines that have tons of character. The whites have also shifted in style from the previous richer, more textured releases to highlighting more freshness and acidity.