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Arabella

Arabella
2016 Shiraz, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Pork

Category: Shiraz

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 14%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$9.99
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Arabella
2016 Shiraz, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Pork

Category: Shiraz

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 14%
Ruby black color. Savory, meaty aromas and flavors of seared back bacon, honey roasted nuts, cranberry chutney, and lava with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length finish revealing suggestions of nougat, grilled apples in cream, and beet relish with soft, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A nicely balanced savory and fruity red that will be great with ham dishes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: seared back bacon, honey roasted nuts, cranberry chutney, and lava
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of nougat, grilled apples in cream, and beet relish
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Ham With Mostarda, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nicely balanced savory and fruity red that will be great with ham dishes.

The Importer

Vineyard Varieties, Inc

The Importer
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Dublin, VA 24084
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Shiraz

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Shiraz is made in several countries, but the best-known versions are from Australia. Known as Syrah in other countries, Shiraz is a rich red wine known for its blackberry and plum flavors and moderate tannins. Some examples also have a good amount of pepper, tobacco, licorice and black spice apparent on the palate as well.

There are hundreds of versions from Australia, ranging from less than $10 a bottle to more than $40 a bottle. The lighter versions are easy-drinking and should be consumed within one or two years, while the more expensive versions are best consumed from seven to ten years of age. Shiraz in grown in several regions of Australia, the most famous being Barossa and Victoria.

Given the popularity of Australian Shiraz, some producers in California have labeled their offerings of Syrah as Shiraz.

Pair these wines with grilled and barbecued foods, game birds and roasts.