October 19, 2005
Varietal, the spice of life
Many thanks to the podcasters and bloggers attending the most recent New York Geek Dinner for a delightful evening.
I didn't get to stay as long as I would have liked, but I did enjoy helping get things off to a congenial start, helping Dave pour the Stormhoek. And not only the justifiably famous Sauvignon Blanc, but also the oh-so-tasty Shiraz. I might be mistaken, but I believe it was the first time out in public for the Stormhoek Shiraz here in the States. After a couple minutes in the glass the wine was showing admirably.
Taste-wise, a good South African Shiraz is halfway between the varietal's two best-known styles and regions. It's got the ripe fruit and black pepper of the better Aussies, and the smoky, plummy, bacon-fatty goodness from the Northern Rhone (where the grape's called Syrah). Of course, you generally pay a pretty penny for wine from the Barossa Valley, Hermitage, or Cote-Rotie. In Stormhoek you'll find a true expression of what happens to the grape when it's grown in South Africa. And I'm confident you're going to love it for its taste, and for its price.
Posted by at October 19, 2005 6:24 AM