- Wine: Arabella Shiraz
- Country: South Africa
- Region: Western Cape
- Year: 2020
- Grapes: Shiraz
- Bottle top: screw cap
- ABV: 14.5%
- Price: £9.99
- Purchased: delivered by Naked Wines
This Shiraz is produced by the De Wet family, who have been involved in the wine industry in South Africa since 1697, and were the first wine makers to liaise with the Naked Wines company. Their extensive Arabella range encompasses many different styles of wine from several different grape varieties.
Their Shiraz is a very impressive one. It’s deep red in colour and is described as having ‘aromas of vanilla’, and ‘lingering flavours of liquorice and ripe black cherries, supported by soft spicy tannins’. The suggested food pairings are cheese, red meat and vegetarian dishes.
It was certainly full of flavour and I think I picked up something of the black cherries, if not the liquorice. It was a strong four out of five in my book. Not quite a five because it was perhaps a bit heavy on the tannins for my taste, and I generally prefer wines that are a little weaker than 14.5%, if only so I can drink a bit more without suffering too much the next day.