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March 09, 2010

Black Granite Shiraz, South Africa

Black Granite Shiraz 2008
Darling Cellars
Coastal Region, South Africa
79 sek

Medium intense, blue-red colour. Rather intense on the nose, with burnt tones, blackcurrent, blackberry, spices, liquorice. On the palate, dark plums, smoky, liquorice and green herbs, eucalyptus. Tannins from oak gentle, fruit tannins coming little after, also still gentle. Good acidity. Medium bodied. Warm, rather long finish, dominated of the green eucalyptus part. 14 % abv. 100 % Shiraz. Drink now.

A what I would call 'mainstream wine': made to suit many palates. Rather bold. Big in Sweden and big in 3-liters-bag in box. (Sigh)

We served it with pizza and it worked. Would I buy this particular one again? No. I am sorry. But I would certainly give their Chenin Blanc a try and maybe one of their better wines from the Oynx line, too!

Darling Cellars started as a Cooperative in 1948, but is since 1997 a privately owned company with about 20 shareholders. They have around 1500 hectares under vines. The Darling area used to be dominated by dairy production and is also known for its wild flowers.