Rätsel Syrah 2016
99 points, “An inky coloured beauty that has another level of depth and richness.” – Jeb Dunnock
96+ points, “It's full-bodied, layered and chewy, with a rich chassis of velvety structuring tannins, a deep, super concentrated core of fruit and a long, sapid finish.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
95-98 points, “Another wine that shows just how fabulous the 2016 vintage is. Powerful, dense and resonant… gorgeous and moving Syrah from Elaine and Manfred Krankl.” – Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Rätsel 2016 is a hedonistic blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Viognier. In the words of winemaker Manfred Krankl: “The wine is like the most handsome prize fighter you’ve ever seen. If George Clooney were more muscle bound, more promiscuous, more committed and maybe a little snazzier, we might have named this wine after him. But alas he’s not. So Rätsel 16 it is instead.” It’s a wine that seems to get inside you, touching bits that you didn’t know were there and probably shouldn’t be legal to go probing. Juicy blackberries, cassis, roasted coffee, barbequed meat with rosemary on the smoking coals, Frazzles, chocolate and tobacco; it’s simply sublime and will get better and better over the next two decades.
California’s cult Sine Qua Non is arguably the most collectable wine producers on the planet, earning a place in the pantheon of greats alongside the likes of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Château Pétrus and Bordeaux’s First Growths. Manfred Krankl moved to Los Angeles, where he met his wife Elaine. Together, with a little help from their friends Bryan Babcock and John Alban, they created Sine Qua Non in Ventura County, just down the road from the vineyards their grapes come from in Santa Barbara. Their highly desirable Rhône-inspired wines are handcrafted in tiny batches and are highly idiosyncratic, receiving bizarre names and artistic labels with each new vintage. The Krankls’ winemaking techniques are often compared to those of the great Etienne Guigal and they enlisted the help of master Austrian winemaker Alois Kracher for their sweet wines, perfectly demonstrating what elite circles they are operating in. Everything is sold through a mailing list and strict allocation, making them almost impossible to come by. But Sine Qua Non’s name comes from a Latin term meaning a thing that is absolutely necessary, and tasting one of their iconic wines before you die is exactly that.
£46.67 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3072577
Style No.: 756803
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