The Old Road Wine Company The Anvil Shiraz 2017, my #sawinelockdown wine for today…

The Old Road Wine Company The Anvil Shiraz 2017

I have chosen my own wine for the #sawinelockdown for today, The Old Road Wine Company The Anvil Shiraz 2017. The south facing vineyards from which the grapes come, are planted on shale soil in the Stellenbosch and Agter Paarl Appellations. Midsummer harvesting is done to remove excess bunches of green grapes, and the careful stripping of leaves to allow more sun to get to the grapes, means deeper colour in the final wine.

Ryan Puttick, The Old Road Wine Company Winemaker

Once harvested, the bunches are destemmed, and the grapes crushed, a 48 period of cold soaking takes place before fermentation begins on French oak staves. Once fermented dry, the wine goes to previous fill, 3rd and 4th French oak barrels for a year. The wine is then prepared for bottling.

Shiraz grapes ripening on the vine

Pour
From a dark green Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is elegant and simple and features, you guessed it, an anvil. In the glass, the colour is an opaque and a deep regal plum. The aromas are of red and black berries and the grind of pepper one hopes for in a fine Shiraz. The palate is full and generous, with a line of fruit acidity running through from entry to the long, satisfying and gently waning aftertaste. The flavours are of sappy bright fruit, more black fruit like blackberries, mulberries and roadside brambles. The oak and its concomitant oak spice and vanilla is in excellent support, allowing the fruit to shine.

Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Oven Roasted BBQ Brisket

Pair
The Old Road Wine Company The Anvil Shiraz 2017 is a versatile wine, which makes a great glass while you are waiting for dinner. Or after dinner with a slab of dark chocolate by a gently crackling fire, setting the World to rights.

Carey Boucher Erasmus, now resident in the Middle East

Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Oven Roasted BBQ Brisket is a riff on a Gordon Ramsay number and it is utterly delicious with this wine. I have been cooking a bit of brisket recently and when done slowly it makes a fabulous dish. Click HERE for her recipe.

The service, with coleslaw, sweet potato wedges & BBQ sauce

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