There is a good reason for the monkey to get on the label. Producers decided to call their Syrah Bobbejaan (South African for baboon) as the baboons visit the vineyards a lot and they love to eat ripe Syrah grapes straight from the vine. I bet the grapes are very good as the wine is delicious. This Syrah shows a lot of ripe border line jammy fruit with plums, blackberries, cherries and cassis followed by sweet spice, smoke, black pepper and tar. Rather big yet balanced with creamy tannins, delicious fruit, lovely spicy and fresh finish. Enjoy it with Braai the famous South African barbecue.

„Meandro” Do Vale Meão, 2013

Deep purple with pinkish rim. The nose shows a mixture of ripe red and black fruit led by raspberry, blackberry and cherry. Floral and spicy with black pepper and some wood notes. Bags of ripe fruit on the palate. Fresh, easy to drink with some grip and texture.  The wine is expressive and approachable. Recently tasted 14 year old Meandro and it was surprisingly good but for me this wine is all about the fruit and recommend to drink it while young. Roast beef or simply grilled steak would be the perfect match.

Quinta Do Vale Meão, 2013

Perfectly opaque with no rim variation. Intense nose of black jammy fruit with violet, vanilla and dark chocolate. Big, rich yet elegant with loads of juicy fruit, grippy tannins, refreshing acidity and perfectly integrated alcohol. This wine was only bottled last month but it already gives you a lot of pleasure from drinking it. Meao 2013 shows a huge potential for ageing so give it few years to get comfortable in the bottle. If you like it fruit-driven drink within the next 5-7 years, for more complex aromas wait another 5-10 years. Delicious with loin of venison served with red wine reduction, macerated cherries and celeriac puree.