This Syrah-based red blend has complexity and finesse, coupled with soft gentle tannins. The Syrah shows ripe plum and dark berry aromas and a lush, juicy mouthfeel. The addition of Grenache, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre enhances the blend with bright red fruit, just a hint of spice, and richness on the palate.
★★ 2.5 stars Washington Post – 2020 vintage
“Essay” is a play on SA for South Africa. The brand is consistently a great value with chenin blanc as well as this red Rhône-style blend of syrah, cinsault, grenache and mourvèdre. It’s juicy and spicy, with tart red-fruit flavors and a hint of wood smoke. At this price, stock up for burger or pizza nights. Alcohol by volume: 13.5 percent. Bottle weight: 465 grams (Light).