Full Review

Ashton

Ashton
2018 Shiraz, Robertson

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Shiraz

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 13%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$9.99
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Ashton
2018 Shiraz, Robertson

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Shiraz

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 13%
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of tar, tellicherry peppercorns, malted milk chocolate, fresh blackberry, and licorice with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-length finish with notes of thyme with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold and expressive shiraz with lots of South African flair.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: tar, tellicherry peppercorns, malted milk chocolate, fresh blackberry, and licorice
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of thyme
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bold and expressive shiraz with lots of South African flair.

The Importer

Vineyard Varieties, Inc

The Importer
PO Box 330
Paris, KY 40362
USA
1 859-298-6040

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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.