De Grendel Shiraz 2010, winner of a gold medal and the international judges’ trophy at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2012, selling for R85.99 from Ultra Liquors? Ship it in. Despite a relatively hefty alcohol by volume of 14.63%, it presents as remarkably pure fruited, more red than black and there also heaps of white pepper, which is always nice to find on a Shiraz.
If I had to find fault with the wine, it is that is still very primary at this stage. It was matured in one-third New American oak, one-third new French oak and one-third older French oak for 13 months and there is a sense of the oak standing a little apart at this stage. It will undoubtedly be better in a year or two’s time. Score: 17/20.