JUST THE FACTS
Price: R180 (as of Oct 2016)
Wine Region: Tulbach
Country: South Africa
Ponce Factor: High. You’ll need oxygen tanks
Occasion: Anytime. Anywhere.
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Like Schumacher at his peak, at some point you realize that each contest is a foregone conclusion.
Vanguard aromas carrry exquisite notes of vanilla, violets, black fruit & ever so gentle cloves
The palate carries superbly concentrated red cherry acidity with more ripe black cherries and a marvelously weighted mouthfeel.
White pepper emerges pleasantly alongside the aforementioned cherry fruit on the tail. A tail which, incidentally, lingers longer than a bulldog in a butchery.
One reason to buy this wine over many others
This wine is one of South Africa’s most internationally decorated bottles. Vintage after vintage, the Saronsberg flagship Shiraz continues to garner accolades from international competitions like Concours Bruxelles Mondial, Decanters, and Syrah du Monde. And yet the bottle price barely touches R200.
Regularly blind-tasted numerous vintages against local shirazes retailing anywhere from R270 up to R500 per bottle, Saronsberg continues to outperform the other big guns in the local industry.
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About the Author
Jono Le Feuvre is not a bean counter. He is a bean roaster. Bean roasters carry far more street cred & get to speak at bizarre niche gatherings of enquiring-but-unhinged-minds. They also usually have addictive tendencies. When he is not roasting beans he is pulling corks. Or deftly removing screwcap enclosures. But you can read more about him here.