Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2018 edition article 30 Great New World Buys under £30 (see blue link below).
Gouws Intellego Syrah 2015 - Feb 2018 Decanter review
Jurgen Gouws is the assistant winemaker at Lammershoek, the leading exponent of ‘natural’ wines in Swartland, which is where he also produces his own small batches of Chenin Blanc and Syrah. The approach is similar to that of Lammershoek, but not as extreme. Previous vintages of Intellego Syrah contained some Mourvedre, but this is a varietal wine made from old, unirrigated bush vines, mostly on decomposed granite soils. It’s a minimal-intervention red, unfined and unfiltered, although some sulphur dioxide is added at bottling. The fermentation takes place in older French oak (whole-bunch fermentation for 10 days), as per the Swartland Revolution norm. Maturation is for 9-10 months in old French oak barrels of 500-litre capacity.