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Jam Jar

Jam Jar
2019 Sweet Shiraz, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Dessert

Category: Sweet Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 12.5%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$12

Jam Jar
2019 Sweet Shiraz, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Dessert

Category: Sweet Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 12.5%
Light garnet color. Curious, smoky aromas and flavors of lava and flint stones, smoked cherries, honey glazed ibercio ham, and carob bar with a silky, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish conveying elements of pomegranate and cranberry relish, plank grilled cherries and green apples, and chestnut honey with a suggestion of oak flavor. An interesting array of sweet and smoky flavors make this a clever choice for cheeses and desserts.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity & Savory
Aroma Aroma: lava and flint stones, smoked cherries, honey glazed ibercio ham, and carob bar
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with elements of pomegranate and cranberry relish, plank grilled cherries and green apples, and chestnut honey
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Queso Fundido, Deep Fried Ice Cream, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An interesting array of sweet and smoky flavors make this a clever choice for cheeses and desserts.

The Importer

Cape Classics

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Sweet 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.