Origin: Olifants River W.O. South Africa
Tste guide: Medium bodied, black and red berry fruit flavours, spice and pepper notes, part oaked
75cl - 13.5% - screwcap
Namaqua Wines is South Africa's largest single wine producer. Fortunately big can also be beautiful; an obsession with improving quality, the investment of millions of Rand in the cellar and vineyards and an emphasis on providing their customers with good value for money has led to Namaqua wines becoming one of the leading exporters of South African wine creating exciting new blends specifically targeted at the UK consumer.
Located in the North-western corner of South Africa's Namaqualand is the stretch of pristine coastland aptly named The Diamond Coast. The hot, dry climate, tempered by the cooling breezes of the Atlantic Ocean, and the rich Karoo soils irrigated by water from the nearby Olifants River, give the farmers the optimum conditions for the production of the highest quality grapes. Vineyard planting is planned to match the right varieties to the most appropriate soils and micro-climates. Canopy management techniques protect the grapes from the fierce sun without losing optimum ripeness and early morning harvesting has been introduced to preserve freshness in the grapes.
At the winery the lots are kept separate as they are cool-fermented in one of the southern hemisphere's largest temperature controlled cellars. Following fermentation, a portion of the wine was aged in new oak barrels and then back blended to produce the final wine.
Namaqua Diamond Coast Reserve Shiraz is a soft, ripe, full red wine with juicy red berry flavours and a hint of spicy oak on the rich, warm palate. This wine is an ideal partner for grilled and roast meats, stews, barbecue and hard cheeses.
Sells elsewhere for £8.99 - Binendwines' price is merely £5.25.