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STELLENBOSCH SHIRAZ 2018 WO Stellenbosch
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer RUSTENBERG
Assessed from a bottle purchased at the LCBO. Sadly itís been almost three years since this best buy has appeared in Vintages - the recommended 2014 (**+) with 89-points was released on August 19, 2017 at $19.95. This 2017 is even better! Very deep intense purple colour. Expansive, complex, faintly spicy, intense, ripe Damson plum nose with some cedary, black cherry notes. Dry, medium to medium-full bodied, very well structured, slightly spicy, bright, complex, intense, ripe, plummy-black-cherry flavours with a lingering, harmonious, gently cedary finish. This 100% Shiraz was aged for 16 months in 98% French oak and 2% American barrels. Has 14% alcohol and 2.9 g/L residual sugar with lot number 31619 on the lower part of the glass bottle. CSPC 399246
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Woo Win
Country South Africa
Region
Rating ***(90 points)
Complex, Ripe, Plummy-Black-Cherry
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
A Best Buy
TASTING NOTE: Although Shiraz has a long history in South Africa it's fairly new to Rustenberg, having been introduced to their vineyards in the late 1990s. This one spent 16 months in oak and promises to be vibrant and peppery, with spicy dark fruit and nice tannin structure. Pair it with peppercorn chicken. Price $ 16.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - January 23, 2021
Cases bought 239 (12 bottles per case)

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Score:  - NOT PRESENTED  * Very Basic   *+ OK   ** Good   **/**+ Very Good   **+ Excellent   *** Outstanding   ***+ Superb

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