Friday, August 17, 2012

Update Review: **** $$ New World Shiraz, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2010 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: South Africa is creating some attractive red varietals of late, often showing elements of pepper and banana, unique terroir indeed.  This is a shiraz sampling.

Original tasting and review, July 16, 2011: This is New World Shiraz, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2010, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass:  Deep, dark burgundy, opaque from a quarter inch of the edge of the glass.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows shy, deep black fruit, tiny hint of banana.  From the aroma, seems like this will be dark and deeply fruity.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft and deeply tannic, with black currant, black cherry and banana.  The finish rolls on and on.

In summary: Overall, big, bold, layered new world experience. Four stars.on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  This is a certified best value.
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Updated review, over a year later,  August, 2012:  Consistent dark color.  Very consistent nose too, with dark fruit and mild banana hints.  Soft and aromatic palate.  Clean and fragrant finish. Holding up well. 

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