Full Review

Avondale

Avondale
2009 Samsara Estate, Syrah, Paarl

Pair this wine with:
Game Pasta Pork

Category: Syrah

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 14%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$42

Avondale
2009 Samsara Estate, Syrah, Paarl

Pair this wine with:
Game Pasta Pork

Category: Syrah

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 14%
Dark garnet color. Aromas of prunes, charcoal briquettes, graphite, and pencil shavings with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium body and a sleek, breezy cherry wood, pot pie, brown butter fried tarragon, and cigar paper finish with papery tannins and moderate oak flavor. A food-friendly syrah with ample minerality; drink now.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky
Aroma Aroma: prunes, charcoal briquettes, graphite, and pencil shavings
Taste Flavor: cherry wood, pot pie, brown butter fried tarragon, and cigar paper
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Venison Loin , Rabbit Pappardelle, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A food-friendly syrah with ample minerality; drink now.

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Syrah

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Syrah - also known as Shiraz, especially in Australia - is a red wine with rich, zesty plum and blackberry fruit along with a light spicy, sometimes peppery quality. The grape has light to medium tannins, meaning lighter versions are drinkable upon release. This has certainly helped this wine's popularity in the United States.

Full-bodied versions, such as Côte-Rôtie from France's Rhone Valley, are intense, deeply concentrated wines that need many years to round out; these are generally at their best seven to ten years after the vintage and can drink well for 20 years plus from the best vintages.

Recommended foods with Syrah include most red meats, game and barbecued foods.