Monday, January 07, 2008

Affordable and formidable - Stormy Cape Shiraz 2006

I have to admit - I visit the South Africa shelves more often after my visit there in October. Increasingly I leave the Italian and French wines alone and head for wines from Spain, Portugal, Argentina, and South Africa. These countries provide better quality to a much lower price. Stormy Cape Shiraz 2006 is a good example for this. Affordable and great quality!

The Stormy Cape range of wines was created by Gyles Webb, one of South Africa's leading winemakers, and one of the owners of Thelema Mountain Vineyards, in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape region, the heart of the South African wine country. It has a high alcohol level (14%) and stored for 18 months in oak caskets.

You can get a Stormy Cape Shiraz 2006 for around NOK 100 (€12), and if you see a bottle, buy it! It has a deep red colour, and when the wine touch your pallet, you are lost for words. Stormy Cape Shiraz 2006 is a surprisingly rich wine, with an intense aroma of red berries, caramel, and vanilla. This is a richness that you rarely find in wines in this price range. Excellent for red meats and game.

1 comment:

Sigrid said...

I love this wine! Too bad it is no longer available at vinmonopolet, other than through special order.