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Wine of the Week – Topiary Shiraz 2014

A beautiful Shiraz from the Western Cape of South Africa

FRANSCHHOEK, SOUTH AFRICA – Topiary, a relatively young winery which is said to be the only French-owned one in the country, is owned by two Frenchmen, Philippe Colin and Serge Jacqzynski with backgrounds in the wine industry in their native land  – Philippe as a wine farmer in Burgundy, and Serge, as a former sommelier.
This particular wine is 100 percent Shiraz, from grapes grown on 15 year old trellised vines that face south and are planted in a mix of granite and sandstone. The wine offers hints of Damson plum, mulberry, white pepper and spices such as anise, with what some critics have called “silky” tannins. It’s a wine that spends 12 months in French oak barrels, 10 percent of which are new, for aging. The rest of the barrels used are 2nd to 4th fill.

Topiary Shiraz ’14 is smooth and silky with a long finish. It’s 14.3% ABV Delicious with dark fruits, we think you’ll find it a good value at around $23 retail.

Wine of the Week – Robertson Winery Gewurtztraminer Special Late Harvest 2014

This lovely 2014 Robertson Winery Gewurtztraminer Special Late Harvest 2014 is rich and smooth with good balance of sugar and acid. Very moderately priced at retail – $10 – it makes a special wine by the glass offering with scents of honeysuckle and rose petals. Robertson points out that it contains both sulfites and milk for those with sensitivities.

The grapes are planted in Karoo soil on well-drained mountain slopes in order to use the prevailing sea breeze to cool the fruit, extend the ripening period and build flavor. The South African winery is located in an old stone church on the Breede River in the Western Cape. The aromatic Gewurtztraminer is a real treat – a not too sweet option with lots to offer.