PENNY BLACK 2013 http://www.posthousewines.co.za/range.html
34% Shiraz, 27% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Chenin Blanc
The name Penny Black refers to the first stamp that was ever printed as well as to the dark inky black colour of the wine.
An elegant wine with a soft entry but with a firm but supple finish. Dark inky black colour. Initial nose of floral petals, also of fynbos (South African heath), blackcurrant, fruitcake, white pepper and spice. Rounded tannins and ample fruit results in a layered and complex wine.
Alcohol 15% vol.
Extract 31.4 g/L
Residual sugar 2.5 g/L
Total SO2 86 mg/L
Total acid 5.1 g/L
Maturation potential 8 - 12 years
A previous year (2005) got 91 points from Robert Parker.
I'm discovering a style I was not aware of previously.
The resemblance between this wine and two I mentioned above is striking (Marietta Chriso Lot#1 and Orin Swift Abstract Red).
It is very distinctive, nothing like a standard syrah.
Blend: 69% Syrah, 18% Grenache, 12% Petite Sirah, 1% Viognier
Alcohol: 15.3% Appellation: 70% Sonoma and 30% Mendocino Counties Suggested Drinking Window: 2014 through 2025 Cases Produced: 3,000 Release Date: Fall 2014
92 points Robert Parker
2012 Orin Swift "Abstract" Rhône Blend
From the winery: "Abstract is a blend of Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino Grenache, Petite Sirah, and Syrah primarily from hillside vineyards. Inky blue-purple in complexion, the wine bursts with a perfume of dark fruit, sage, acacia flowers, kirsch, and a hint of California chaparral. Voluptuous in texture, the wine is remarkably fresh on the palate with ripe blackberry, mulberry, roasted plum, black tea, and bitter chocolate. A sweet and soft tannin profile rounds out the finish, which lingers elegantly. Aged 10 months in new and seasoned French oak."
So I see the building blocks and alcohol level of the Christo and Abstract are similar, though the proportions are quite different.
The Penny Black is also fairly high alcohol, but it takes a bit of handwaving to make the ingredients match up:
syrah --> syrah,
grenache --> merlot+cab
petit syrah --> petit verdot+chenin blanc