Elpidios is a blend of Syrah with Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache and Pinotage, all grapes which do well in the heat of the Swartland. This is one of the most elegant Mediterranean Cape reds of all.
Pale to mid ruby. This really does smell like the cocktail promised on the back label. Very complex and composed. Still quite a bit of structure - a firm line through all that fruit - but the tannins seem well in balance with all that opulent yet reined-in-by-terroir fruit. Spice and masses of depth. Such a light touch! Long, toasty on the finish, and rich - but with great energy too. Well done! Really very smart indeed, but beautifully original and definitively Swartland.