Sebeka Shiraz

south african wine  %tages Sebeka ShirazSebeka is subdue relatively new to the American wine market, as it first appeared here in 2007.  It’s produced in the Swartland Winery in South Africa, which dates back to 1948, and distributed in the US by E.J. Gallo. You can’t miss this wine on the shelf, as it stands out with a bright yellow mark showing a cheetah running.  Sebeka is in fact named after a cheetah that was raised by wildlife conservationist Lente Roode, who founded the Hoedspruit Scarce Species Centre to help preserve scarce species.

I haven’t had the opportunity to sample many wines from South Africa, so I was curious to see how this compared to Shiraz from additional regions.  My first impression upon pouring this was that the affect was a small set alight for a Shiraz, but that’s not necessarily a terrible thing, and so I let the tasting be the judge.
Upon first opening this I was underwhelmed, but after decanting and letting it aerate for about an hour it came to life.  Therefore, this is a wine that I do recommend decanting.  The nose has a excellent balance of fruit and earthy aromas, with blackberry, cherry, leather, and smoke.
The palate is crisp and vibrant with bright cherry flavors.  This wine is not as jammy and overpowering as a lot of Shiraz I’ve had, which makes it a small more approachable than some others.  It is also a small bit on the acidic side, which can work well for pairing with particular foods.  I would reckon this would go quite well with a yellow fin tuna steak.
Wine: Sebeka
Variety: Shiraz
Vintage: 2006
Alcohol: 13.5%
Rating: 84
Fee: $10.00

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