Four bottles of outstanding So

Four bottles of outstanding South African Shiraz

OVER THE BARREL | Syrah and Shiraz are eternally popular in South Africa and as South African exports due to the excellent pairing they make with favourite South African dishes like bredies, stews and braai meat.

Four bottles of outstanding So

Shiraz or Syrah is a dark-skinned red grape grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce powerful red wines. Whether sold as Syrah or Shiraz, these wines enjoy great popularity.

It was imported into South Africa in the 18th century and it now ranks as the 2nd most planted red variety in SA and is found mainly in Stellenbosch, Paarl and in Malmesbury in the Swartland. As of quite recently, it has lost its blending stigma (with Cabernet Sauvignon) and is making wonderful single-varietal wines with lovely oak maturity thanks to French and American oak barrels.

Shiraz goes very well with rich stews, braaied meats or barbecued vegetables, roast duck and also hard, air-dried mature cheeses.

Here are four outstanding examples.

Mullineux Shiraz

Mullineux Family Syrah 2010 Swartland: rated the best South African red wine of 2012 by John Platter!!

Elegant and harmonious balance brings the absolute best out of old block Shiraz vines. It’s quite difficult to explain how good this wine is on paper. Try it. Just try it!


Boschendal Cecil John Reserve Shiraz 2010 Stellenbosch: Classic white pepper on the nose and hints of cassis. Well structured with great balance between fruit and elegant tannins. Decant at least an hour before drinking for the best results.


Raka Biography Syrah 2010 Walker Bay: Because of the colder growing conditions, there is feminity in this wine. Complex with dark fruit and the spiciness associated with Shiraz. Velvety texture combined with extremely subtle tannins make this a standout wine!

La Motte

La Motte Shiraz 2009 Franschoek: refined and elegant!! Black berries and a hint of forest floor on the nose. Followed by the dark plum flavours  adding  great depth and texture. Perfect for a roast or braai!

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