Take one incredibly ambitious and talented woman, add 12.5 hectares of vineyards in a remote part of South Africa, sprinkle on a resident troop of baboons and one leopard and the end result is one of the country's most critically acclaimed wineries.
Samantha chose to only plant 12.5 hectares with vines on high altitude sites that she describes as ‘chilled by the winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun.’ These are on the slopes of the dramatically beautiful Riversonderend Mountain Range, north east of the Hemel en Aarde. The soil is dominated by shale with no irrigation; this combines with the extra long ripening period (3 or 4 weeks longer than most of South Africa) to create flavour packed, luscious grapes. On top of this, Samantha is a meticulous winemaker. The Syrah has been treated with incredible respect. Grapes are fermented in batches and aged in different sizes and ages of oak before being blended and aged for a further 10 months, all to make the most from each section of the vineyard.
"Light, fragrant, perfumed, really sophisticated and graceful, yet with a superb fruity quality that has enviable clarity and purity - like just-picked red bramble fruit. Excellent!" Jancis Robinson, 17.5 points