Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Cathedral Cellar Shiraz (2012)

Cathedral Cellar, part of the KWV portfolio in South Africa's Western Cape, brings us some wines that can help stretch your dollar in that search for the sweet spot of quality and value.  

This week SukasaStyle continues its value quest at the LCBO by reviewing a bottle of Cathedral Cellar Shiraz (2012 vintage)  (VINTAGES # 561142 | $15.95 - 750 ml). As a comparison if you hop across the border to Quebec you pay $19.00 for the 2011 VINTAGE (SAQ code :  00902429). 

LCBO Tasting Notes:
South Africa has been giving Australia a run for its money with shiraz for a few years. This very attractive example shows plenty of fruit and complexity, all harnessed to fresh acidity that contributes juiciness to the texture. It's dry, with easy-going tannins, and although it's young, it's ready to drink now and over the next three or four years. It represents very good value. Score - 4 Stars out of 5. (Rod Phillips, rodphillipsonwine.com, June 18, 2013)

SukasaStyle Tasting Notes:
The nose reminded us of a campfire and fruits and burnt cinnamon. Full bodied and smooth where a spicy palate is followed by tannins that were balanced with mild acidity. This is more of an homage to the syrah of Rhone than New World shiraz. It didn't require time to open up in our estimation and was equally palatable as a food or sipping wine.

Pairing: Try with lamb stew, kebabs, thick gourmet burgers, fajitas. Think of meat and pair with this.

Under the hood:
Conditions for the 100% syrah/shiraz 2012 vintage (as described by Cathedral Cellar winery) follow: 


Terroir:

Wine analysis
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Rating: 4.5 / 5 SukasaStars
Quality Price Ratio: Excellent


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