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Kevin Arnold Shiraz 2008

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Last night, dinner at Terroir, the restaurant on the Kleine Zalze property in Stellenbosch for the announcement of the Top 6 Shiraz as well as the Top 6 Dessert Wines as featured in the August/September issue of Classic Wine , the magazine published by Gauteng music station Classic FM. I had been a member of the Shiraz panel so hence my attendance.

The Top 6 Shiraz are:
4½ Stars
Bellingham Shiraz with a Splash of Viognier 2010
Saronsberg Provenance Shiraz 2010
Grande Provence Shiraz 2008

4 Stars
Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2009
Kevin Arnold Shriaz 2008
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Shiraz 2008

Wine of the evening for me was the Kevin Arnold from Waterford. It also won a silver medal with a score of 89 at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and it really is showing beautifully.

The Top 6 Dessert Wines are:
4½ Stars
Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2010
Monis Muscadel 2001
Paul Cluver Riesling Noble Late Harvest 2011

4 Stars
Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc Noble Late Harvest 2008
Nederburg The Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2010
Neethlingshof Short Story Collection Maria Noble Late Harvest 2011

3 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Smirrie, I scored the Boekenhoutskloof 2009 15/20 in round one and 15.5/20 in round 2. I think it’s rather shut down at the moment but clearly my colleagues on the Classic Wine panel still found lots to like…

  2. Christian i understand what you mean with shut down. But i agree with your colleagues i also found a lot to like. Interestingly the classic winemag so far didnt found any 5 star wine yet in any category.

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