Sebeka Shiraz 2006

Price: $8
Maker: Sebeka Wines, Hayward, California
Varietal: Shiraz
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Alcohol: 13.5%
Our Rating: 8 out of 10

We like the packaging of Sebeka Shiraz 2006 – the label features a leapord, and even the artificial cork has leapord spots. The origin of the wine is listed as Western Cape, South Africa. The wine’s nose has berry, pepper, and licorice notes. On the palate, we found this Shiraz to be a little weak on the palate, with a mix of blackberry, spice, and oak. The tannins in the finish were perhaps a touch too prominent.

We tried to learn a bit more about Sebeka Wines, but the website listed on the label, www.sebekawines.com, returned nothing. A bit of sleuthing showed that the domain is actually registered to E. J. Gallo, so it appears that this is yet another Gallo label.

This isn’t a bad Shiraz, and the label and cork are fun. We wouldn’t highly recommend it, but if you or your friends are into big cats, Sebeka Shiraz might not be a bad purchase.

3 thoughts on “Sebeka Shiraz 2006”

  1. Unless you are looking at another label than I am, that beautiful animal is a Cheetah, not a leopard.

  2. Sebeka wines are made by Swartland Winery (www.swwines.co.za), a co-operative and one of the largest wineries in South Africa, for E & J Gallo who market them for the USA

  3. Thanks for the species clarification, Carla, and for the source info, Peter. It looks like Gallo really pushed the distribution side of things – it went from nowhere to nice end-cap displays with loads of stock.

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