A South African Shiraz is Very Good with BBQ Beef Ribs

For a quick meal we heated some Tesco slow-cooked cayenne and chilli glazed BBQ beef short ribs.  The ribs were melt-in-the mouth and we served them with salad.

We wanted to drink a red with the ribs and opened a bottle of The Chocolatier Shiraz 2011, a South African wine from the Sunday Times Wine Club.

This wine has received very mixed reviews on the Laithwaites and Sunday Times Wine Club websites, with some saying it’s bitter and acidic.

We thought it tasted of black cherries with a subtle spiciness and a smooth, milk chocolate sweetness, but it was not overly chocolatey. We were pleasantly surprised and thought the wine’s taste improved throughout the meal.  A very good match with the food. 2014-04-04 19.54.12

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