Villion Family Syrah, 2012
I’ve been waiting, nose to the window, for this wine to arrive and it just landed in the shop…. The Villion Family Syrah!The 2012 Villion is a full on Syrah: big and spicy fruit (blueberries with a hint of black pepper), chewy tannins, zippy acid, and a little bit stinky. It’s made by Kobie Viljoen (one of the forces in the new South African Wine scene) and is made in über small allotments. This is reminiscent of great St. Joseph or Cornas – it’s pure Old World Syrah (structure on top of muted fruit) and my best guess is that this wine will age nicely for another 5 or 10 years.
This wine is the benchmark for the ‘New South Africa’. It’s quality far outpaces it’s cost and is made with an attention to detail that is hard to find anywhere else in the wine world today. Every single person who has tried the Villion has thought that the price was double (or more) than what it actually is – “I’d be super happy to get home and find that I only spent 18 bucks on a wine I thought was $40” was one quote on the wine.That’s the best thing about the wine: stellar, uncompromising, quality with a price that makes you question reality.
Get some soon though … 25 cases came into the Untied States and at this price for this great of wine it’s gonna go quick.
Villion Family Syrah
Western Cape | South Africa
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