First Sighting Shiraz, Cape Agulhas 2019

Country
South Africa
Region
Cape Agulhas
Producer
Strandveld
Grape(s)
Shiraz (100%)
Type
Red
Style
Not Set
Oaked Style
Oaked
Body Style
Medium bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Dry
Alcohol Content
13%
Closure Style
Screw Cap
Organic/Biodynamic
No
Sustainable
Yes-certified sustainable
Vegetarian/Vegan
Vegetarian
Yes
Vegan
No
Allergens
Sulphites
Yes
Milk
No
Egg
Yes

Region

Cape Agulhas is a wine-producing region on the most southern tip of South Africa, 110 miles (170km) from Cape Town. The Cape is the official meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and the distinctly maritime climate has a marked effect on the wines made here. Racy Sauvignon Blanc and elegant, cool-climate Shiraz are the staple styles.

Producer

Nestled between Elim and Cape Agulhas, and just 9km from the sea, lies the secluded Strandveld Vineyards. This wind swept winery derives its name from the belt of land which spans the tempestuous tip of Africas southernmost coastline. At almost 35 degrees below the equator, this part of the Cape is characterised by severe winds, billowing mist and below average temperatures. A unique combination of maritime climate and diverse soil types work together to create the terroir which distinguishes the wines of Strandveld Vineyards.
Tasting Notes
A medium bodied Shiraz from the most southern winemaking region in Africa. Deep ruby in colour with vibrant berry fruits on the nose. The palate is bursting with notes of the local fynbos, black fruits, mocha and spicy white pepper from 12 months ageing in French oak barrels. Well balanced with intergrated tannins and a long, spicy finish.
Food
Perfect with lamb or spicy pasta dishes.
Media
Decanter Silver Medal 2019. Four stars Platter Guide 2020.