Marketing Shiraz to the East

The spicy and fruit filled notes often found in a Shiraz makes it the perfect wine to market to countries such as India and China where most dishes are of a spicy nature.

Australian Shiraz’s are already very popular in the East and with a similar climate and ripening period, South African wineries should grab at the opportunity to market their wines to both India and China.

I found four Shiraz’s that would be perfectly suited to an Indian curry or great Chinese food, the nominees are:

Kleine Zalze Family Shiraz 2006

With its blackcurrant, spice and ripe fruit flavours on the nose and intense, spicy plum and dark fruit flavours on the palate, this wine is a perfect companion to Indian or Chinese Cuisine.

Grande Provence Shiraz 2007

With a complex and powerful nose of white pepper and coriander and a palate that is concentrated and balanced with plenty of lush, dark fruit, sweet vanilla and spice makes this a beautiful example of South African Shiraz.

Asara Shiraz 2007

The cherry and blackberry fruit aromas that complement the spicy wood flavours on the palate and hints of cigar box smokiness on the nose make this a flavouful and affordable Shiraz to pair with your next spicy meal.

Circumstance Shiraz 2007

Waterkloof’s elegant Shiraz shows pure aromas of red berries, violets and spices, enriched with a hint of cocoa. This cool climate Shiraz is a subtle and elegant wine that will pair well with a Chinese slightly spiced dish.

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