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Leopard Frog

Leopard Frog
2002 "Midnight Maasai", Shiraz, Stellenbosch

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta Pork Vegetables

Category: Shiraz

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .2%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$29.95

Leopard Frog
2002 "Midnight Maasai", Shiraz, Stellenbosch

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta Pork Vegetables

Category: Shiraz

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .2%
Nearly opaque brown brick red color. Mature aromas and flavors of prunes and raisins, pickled beets and yams, honeycomb, and medicated vaseline and leather with a supple, tangy, sweet-and-sour medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-long finish displaying impressions of blackberry vinaigrette on greens and chestnuts with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. An intriguing mature shiraz for the table that drinks a bit like an old Barolo.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Funky, Oaky, Savory & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: prunes and raisins, pickled beets and yams, honeycomb, and medicated Vaseline and leather
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of blackberry vinaigrette on greens and chestnuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Braised Oxtail Ravioli, Goulash, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An intriguing mature shiraz for the table that drinks a bit like an old Barolo.

The Importer

Leopard Frog Vineyards

The Importer
8 Royal Ascot Lane
Sandown, Sandton 2196
South Africa
27 11-884-3304

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.