Wine, Wednesday. What could be better than award winning bold reds to keep you warm this winter. I love the sultry spice and almost comforting tannins that come with a good Syrah, but at this time of the month (where one cant afford to be picky) I’ll happily settle for one of theses inexpensive award wining Shiraz from the Franschhoek village.
Babylonstoren and Rickety Bridge excelled at this year’s Shiraz Challenge, securing them each a spot on the coveted ‘dream dozen’ list. Their wines making it onto the list were the Babylonstoren Shiraz 2014 and Rickety Bridge Shiraz 2013.
Just over 200 wines were entered and a panel of eight judges applied their tasting skills for three days to identify six finalists for the Shiraz blends category and twenty finalists for the Shiraz division. Thirty impressive wines with the highest scores competed for the twenty much-desired semi-final places.
The panel of judges were made up of a seasoned team of tasters under leadership of Dr Andy Roediger who was assisted by Cathy van Zyl, South Africa’s first British Wine Master, Charles Hopkins, Cape Wine Master Dave March, Francois Naudé, Pearl Oliver and Mark Norrish.
If you’re a lover of Shiraz be sure to book your tickets for the Shiraz Showcase 2016 which showcases the best of South African Shiraz wines and Shiraz blends presented at Cape Town International Convention Centre.
For more information and the other winners of the Shiraz Challenge | http://www.shirazsa.co.za/