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VINS D'ORRANCE 10 SY
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VINS D'ORRANCE 2010 "CUVEE AMEENA" SYRAH

STEPHEN TANZER 92 POINTS - "Bright medium ruby. Perfumed, musky aromas of black raspberry, smoked meat, bacon fat and licorice. Sweet, supple and deep, with strong but well-integrated acidity giving definition to the dark fruit, smoked meat and chocolate flavors. Concentrated, plush syrah in a northern Rhone-like style. Finishes broad, smooth and very long, with suave tannins."

This flawless 100% Syrah 2010 illustrates the joy of vividly pure sweet fruit underpinned by spicy, supple tannins. "Cuvee Ameena", named after the winemaker's daughter, as been matured in 40% new French oak for 18 months. This traditional wine is fined but unfiltered, which may deposit a sediment and might require decanting.

People who sell French oak to wineries are incisive tasters and highly knowledgeable about winemaking. They have the rare opportunity to work with dozens of different houses and to taste many wines as informal consultants. So it wasn't so big a leap for Christophe Durand, who moved to Cape Town from France in 1995 to sell French oak barrels, to jump to the other side and become a winemaker. He bought a vineyard in the Simonsberg ward of South Africa's most famous wine area, Stellenbosch.

While Simonsberg’s Vins D’Orrance may be a relatively young wine estate, its French born owner and winemaker, Christophe Durand, certainly made the local wine fraternity sit up and take notice when one of his wines, the 2009 Cuvée Annais Chardonnay, was chosen to be served at the royal wedding of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco. This “amazing” white wine was chosen as a tribute to Princess Charlene and her home country, and perfectly complemented the royal reception.
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