Full Review

Smate

Smate
2018 Shiraz, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Shiraz

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$15
Best Buy

Smate
2018 Shiraz, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Shiraz

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Violet color. Baked aromas of blackberry coulis, baked orange, and dill with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, crisp creme fraiche and blackberry cobbler finish with moderate oak flavor. A silky shiraz that will play great at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: blackberry coulis, baked orange, and dill
Taste Flavor: creme fraiche and blackberry cobbler
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Pork, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A silky shiraz that will play great at the table.

The Importer

Votto Vines Importing, Inc.

The Importer
1040 Sherman Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514
USA
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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.