This Syrah comes from South Africa’s Western Cape, which doesn't really tell you much. It is like saying "California" or "South Eastern Australia." I wasn't fond of Fresh & Easy's Cape Peak Chardonnay because it had an odd, non-varietal taste.
This Syrah’s a bit of a different story, in that it takes the flavor profile of a soft, dark, fruity Australian Shiraz in a rather extreme direction. Though the nose is interesting, offering plummy earthiness, sweet tobacco, and clove, in the mouth this wine's candied blackberry sweetness is a bit overwhelming. It's as though the winemkaer thought to himself, "If they like that [yellow tail], they're going to love this!" I don't mind [yellow tail] (aside from the silly typography), but this wine seems bit too eager to please.
At ~$5, though, this wine will definitely find many fans among the fruit bomb set.
Total value: 10/15