Apparently, spring is on the way – but just before it arrives here are a couple of winter reds that I enjoyed with some hearty food over the weekend.
Shiraz has taken a little while to take hold in South Africa, but with a Mediterranean climate it may well be that this is the red grape that is best suited to the region. In the main we’re not talking about big, bold Barossa-style shiraz here. Many wines are labelled as syrah, the name the grape variety is known by in France, indicating a more elegant but fruit-driven style. DMZ Syrah 2009, Stellenbosch (Majestic £9.99, but £7.99 if you buy two bottles) is just such a wine, full of ripe, dark fruits with spices including white pepper and a hint of liquorice.
Cederberg Shiraz 2009, Cederberg
Made in partnership with Waitrose at the Cederberg estate, this is slightly bigger in style with black fruits and black pepper and a longish, smooth finish.
Waitrose – on offer at £6.99, from £7.99