Boland Shiraz amongst top picks in Ireland

Wednesday, 7 August, 2013
Boland cellar
Dublin-based food and wine writers Ernie Whalley and Caroline Byrne chose the 2010 Boland Shiraz as one of the top red wines from South Africa in the Irish Sunday Times’ SUNDAY supplement.  The pair tasted more than twenty South African reds retailing in Ireland under €20.00.
The Boland Shiraz came under the Top Four listed by the popular pair.  Whalley commented that “with spice and savoury fruit notes, this is a decent stab at a South African wine with a Northern Rhone character” while Byrne described the shiraz as “on the nose, a compote of plum and morello cherry.  Plummy fruit on the palate with grippy tannins that will help the wine develop.”

According to Boland Cellar’s sales and marketing manager Bennie van Rensburg, this selection is great for the brand’s presence in Ireland.  Boland Cellar has been exporting their portfolio of wines to Ireland for the past twelve years.  Although it is currently a relatively small market, they are confident that it could grow significantly in the long term.

“We are delighted that Ernie and Caroline picked and highlighted the Boland Shiraz as one of their Top Picks from South Africa. This is a wonderful acknowledgment of the value proposition of the Boland Shiraz in terms of price versus quality.  It really emphasises what superb value is available in South African Shiraz at the moment.  This Shiraz was crafted in a classic style very typical to the Paarl area and sits between the Old World and New World styles of wines.  It definitely offers consumers something unique,” mentions Van Rensburg.

The 2010 Boland Shiraz also received a Best Value Selection in the South African Wine Guide and a gold medal at the South African Young Wine Awards.