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Kloovenburg Shiraz 2008 vs. Zoetendal Shiraz 2008

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Two examples of Shiraz, each sitting at different ends of the stylistic spectrum. The Kloovenburg being from the warm Swartland was rich and broad, featuring plenty of dark fruit; the Zoetendal from cool Elim was more medium bodied with red fruit and pepper. Detractors of the Kloovenburg might say that it displays an over-ripe character and lacks verve; detractors of the Zoetendal would probably observe that it is excessively green. Both wines have appeal but at R107 a bottle for the Kloovenburg and R90 for the Zoetendal, I thought both could have done with just a bit more focus and finesse.

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