Shiraz probably holds the record for most ‘converts to red wine’, but along the way it got too smooth – killed the fatted calf! Too bad for all the non-smooth, soulful Shiraz producers out there. You might not expect soul from the South African giant, Nederburg, but this wine has a gutsy, earthy, R&B quality that should appeal to fans of ‘real’ wine. Leave smooth aside for a night and see what some gusto and edge can do for your steak, burger or lasagna.
NEDERBURG 14 Shiraz ‘The Manor House’, South Africa 68775 Vintages $16.95