Full Review

Strelitzia Ridge

Strelitzia Ridge
2018 Shiraz, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork

Category: Shiraz

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 13%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Strelitzia Ridge
2018 Shiraz, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork

Category: Shiraz

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 13%
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe red apple, guanabana, roasted meats, red cassis, and tar with a supple, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with notes of lingonberry jam, charred tobacco, and red capsicum with moderate oak flavor. A luscious and complex red wine that slowly reveals its many layers of fruit, savory, earthy flavors and spices; hearty and pairable.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: ripe red apple, guanabana, roasted meats, red cassis, and tar
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of lingonberry jam, charred tobacco, and red capsicum
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Pastrami Sandwich, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A luscious and complex red wine that slowly reveals its many layers of fruit, savory, earthy flavors and spices; hearty and pairable.

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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.