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Move over Australia! SA's top Shiraz is setting taste buds alight all over the world

by , 24 October 2013

Merlot... Cabernet Sauvignon… Pinot Noir… They're all great red wines. And they frequently appear on menus and wine racks around the world. But these days, Shiraz reds are appearing more and more on these lists as well! After all, no wine lover can ignore the understated elegance and dependable flavours they offer your palate… And few can match the quality and taste of the four-star Platter Rated Shiraz wine from Wellington's Boutique Andreas Wines…

Shiraz wines are probably the most understated class of red wines out there.

But this is changing. Today these “red wines made from the dark-skinned grape known as Syrah are some of the most popular wines on the market today,” says AskMen.com

The reason?

It comes from the varietals nickname “the man’s wine”. This arises from the fact that, like most men, Shiraz is steady, dependable and not a wine to be messed with.

It’s the reason people love them. That, and their robust and full-bodied taste, of course.

According to FSP Wine Club’s buyer Richard Cranna, Wellington is the home to one of SA’s most celebrated Shiraz’s

While the world’s best loved Shiraz wines stem from Australia, SA’s closely following in our rival’s footsteps.

And leading the pack is a little town in the Western Cape: Wellington.

You see, Wellington is a Shiraz winemaker’s dream!

It’s long, hot summer days; cool late afternoon breezes; chilly, wet winters; combined with sandy and loamy soils make this the perfect place to produce the kind of small, dark, intensely flavourful berries that are the hallmark of a fine Shiraz, says carolineswine.com.

And that’s exactly what makes the Wellington’s Andreas Wines Shiraz so tasty.

And good news, this cult-status Shiraz comes in a supersized bottle.

Available in a magnum (a 1.5l bottle instead of a normal 750ml), the Andreas Shiraz 2010 is arguably one of the best red wines of this varietal in the country – if not the world.

It’s so good, in fact, the 2011 Platter’s Guide awarded it four stars. And even wine lovers as far afield as London are singing its praises after it won Gold at the Decanter World wine awards.

And when you taste it, you’ll understand why…

So what does the Andreas Shiraz 2010 taste like?

As the vineyard’s website explains, the wine is “intense Ruby Garnet in colour with an elegant nose expressing nutmeg, crushed black pepper with subtle aniseed with ripe mulberry and white chocolate. This carries through to the palate with subtle smoky flavours, black berries, plums and white chocolate blending with dry ripe tannins showing a well-balanced wine with smooth wood integration.”

Added to this, the hand crafted boutique wine is matured for 13 to 18 months in French and American oak barrels. Together these flavour combinations make it the perfect pairing with game meat or a traditional pork roast.

So if you’re looking for something a little different to your usual red wine tipple, invite some friends over and try it with your Sunday roast this weekend.

Move over Australia! SA's top Shiraz is setting taste buds alight all over the world
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