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Jam Jar

Jam Jar
2016 Sweet Shiraz, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Beef Dessert Vegetables

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: 5%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$11.99

Jam Jar
2016 Sweet Shiraz, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Beef Dessert Vegetables

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: 5%
Violet color. Earthy aromas of baked plums, tar, and weathered oak with a supple, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a polished, brisk prunes, red apple, and minerals finish with moderate oak flavor. An easy-going shiraz for sweet tooths.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: baked plums, tar, and weathered oak
Taste Flavor: prunes, red apple, and minerals
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Chop Suey, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An easy-going shiraz for sweet tooths.

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Dessert Wine

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Serve in a Copita
A dessert wine is just that, a wine made strictly to pair with desserts at the end of a meal. Dessert wines are sweet wines; while many are naturally sweet, some are sweetned through the addition of grape must.

Famous dessert wines include Sauternes from France’s Bordeaux region, Rutherglen Muscat from Australia and vendages tardives (“late picked”) from France’s Alsace region. Germany also produces many famous dessert wines, ranging from Spatlese to Eiswein (made from frozen grapes).

Dessert wines from Italy include Vin Santo, Recioto di Soave and Recioto di Valpolicella. While some dessert wines have alcohol in the 12-14% range, others such as Moscato d’Asti from Piedmont in northern Italy are very low in alcohol (5.5%).

Dessert wines can accompany certain specific foods, especially cakes, almond tortes and fruit tarts; however, Sauternes and foie gras is a classic pairing.

While some lighter dessert wines such as Moscato d’Asti or Brachetto d’Acqui are meant for consumption upon release, others such as Sauternes or Auslese from Germany can age for decades, thanks to their high natural sugar concentration.