First Sighting Shiraz 2012 a winner in SA Shiraz Challenge

Strandveld Vineyards, Africa’s southernmost winery in the Agulhas District, has claimed a cool climate victory at the 2015 Shiraz SA Challenge, securing its place in the coveted Top12 with the First Sighting Shiraz 2012.

 As one of the Top12 to emerge from 202 entries, this 2012 vintage from the emerging Elim Wine Ward will step into the spotlight at the annual Shiraz Showcase on 18 June at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, where red wine lovers can get their fill of only the best Shiraz the country has to offer.

The First Sighting Shiraz is a full-bodied wine with spicy pepper and mocha aromas, layered with vibrant red berry fruit flavours. Concentrated with complex layers and a fine structure formed by cool climate tannins, it has a long, creamy finish.

 Shaped by ever present sea winds and unique gravel soils, this wine is without doubt an elegant expression of the Elim Wine Ward terroir.

 As a perfect pairing, winemaker Conrad Vlok recommends enjoying his Shiraz with beef stew, Thai duck or pan fried steak, preferably over the coals.