Sunday, April 19, 2009

Great bargain in a bag - DC Black Granite Shiraz 2007

Once upon a time, buying wine in bags, was completely politically incorrect. The quality was not good either. Since then bag in box-wines have come a very long way. My principles of bottled wine only has disappeared. Now you can get some very good wines in 300 cl boxes. One new discovery is the DC Black Granite Shiraz 2007.

Those of you that have followed Enjoy Food & Travel for a while, will have discovered South African wine. It existed before my 2007 visit to South Africa, but the visit turned my attention to all what this great wine producing country has to offer.

I am also very fond of the Shiraz and Merlot grapes. With all these elements embodied in this black box, what could go wrong. Nothing - and it didn't. DC Black Granite Shiraz 2007 is a bargain!!

DC Black Granite Shiraz 2007 is produced by the Darling Cellars in Darling in the Western Cape province. The estate has produced wines since 1948. The current firm was established in 1997.

The DC Black Granite brand was launched in 2005. It is a blend of 90% Shiraz and 10% Merlot grapes. It has a deep violet red colour. It is a amazingly good wine, rich and full bodied, and with a warm and complex character. The aromas contain elements as caramel, burnt wood and blackcurrants. For those of you that like a distinct aromas derived from aged French oak barrels, this is definitely your wine.

Here in Norway, the DC Black Granite is available at Vinmonopolet at NOK 325 or €35, and this is not much for a wine of this quality. I highly recommend DC Black Granite to beef, lamb and game, or enjoyed by itself.

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