Wine of the Week: Saronsberg Shiraz

We bring you an outstanding Shiraz from Tulbagh in South Africa – a relatively new region in the Western Cape, and an area to watch when it comes to reds from this grape.

Tulbagh is flanked on all sides by mountains in the Upper Breede River Valley. Picture credit: Saronsberg Celllar

Of all the major wine-producing nations in the world, South African producers have faced the most draconian and damaging coranvirus-related restrictions, so it’s vital the nation’s winemakers receive as much support as possible from the international community.

And it’s easy to do this bearing in mind the quality of wine hailing from this nation, such as our pick for this week, which was The Shiraz Master in the £20-30 category of the Global Syrah Masters 2020 – meaning it took home the highest accolade on offer.

The wine was from Saronsberg in the Western Cape’s Tulbagh district, and a pure Shiraz from the 2018 vintage.

This is what the judges thought of the sample.

A delicious, vibrant, smooth red with plenty of fleshy, ripe blackcurrant fruit, peppercorn, and toast, with notes of plums and cedar too, while a fine tannic grip provides an appealing dry finish to this juicy wine.

Wine: Saronsberg Shiraz
Source: South Africa, Western Cape, Tulbagh
Vintage: 2018
Price: £20-30
Winemaking: 20 months in 85% new and 15% second-fill Allier French oak barrels
Medal: Master – The Global Syrah Masters 2020

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