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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Zalze SMV 2016

A Shiraz blend from South Africa's Zalze

In the northern Rhône, adding a dash of the white Viognier to red Syrah (aka Shiraz) is a traditional practice, giving a peachy-floral lift to the wine.

South Africa's Kleine Zalze have done the same here, with a bit of Mourvèdre (aka Monastrell or Mataro) for added colour, tannin and gaminess.

It all knits together very well here, with ripe, plump berry fruit and plenty of freshness to cut through food.

With curry week celebrating its 20th birthday on 9th to 15th October 2018, try matching this with a Tikka Masala.

Zalze SMV 2016 (£10, Morrisons, Asda) Shiraz/Mourvèdre/Viognier blend with dark fruit, cool mint and spice with woodsy earthiness. Fresh, supple and substantial with fine tannins.

If not partnering with curry, match with roast red meat, especially lamb or venison.

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