Kumala Shiraz 2004

Kumala ShirazPrice: $8
Maker: Kumala Wines, Western Cape, South Africa
Varietal: Shiraz
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Alcohol: 14%
Our Rating: 7.5 out of 10

The label of Kumala Shiraz 2004 features a lizard, apparently going for the critter appeal. The wine itself could use some appeal. The nose is fruity but weak. This Shiraz is medium-bodied, with notes of currant, plum, spice, and oak. The tannins proved to be a bit harsh, a situation slightly improved by extended breathing. Overall, it’s on the dry side of the Shiraz spectrum.

The Kumala Wines website describes the wine as, “ripe red and black berry fruit aromas are followed by rich fruit flavors with peppery spice and a smokiness on the finish,” and recommends pairing with “steaks, grilled lamb chops, barbecued ribs, pizza.”

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