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Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2009

Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
  • ST87
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Winemaker Notes

A more fun style than your typical Shiraz, this fresh, fruity, semi-sweet wine displays aromas and flavors of ripe, juicy berries with dark chocolate undertones. The perfect balance between sweetness and acidity makes for a refreshing approachability. It is versatile food wine, best served lightly chilled.

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ST 87
International Wine Cellar

Medium red. Blackberry, spices and a hint of tree bark on the bright nose. Very sweet in the mouth (54 g/l r.s.) but with bracing acidity giving this berry bomb a clean character. Very easy to drink but has structure too, and does not come off as gooey. This label was created by its American importer and made by Mike Dobrovic, who was the long-time winemaker at Mulderbosch.

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Jam Jar wines are crafted for consumers seeking quality sweet wine – and these fresh, fruity, semi-sweet bottlings deliver. Refreshing and approachable with a perfect balance between sweetness and acidity, Jam Jar Wines are sweet perfection.

Singularly aromatic, often sweet, and always enjoyable...

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Singularly aromatic, often sweet, and always enjoyable, Muscat never takes itself too seriously. Muscat is actually an umbrella name for a diverse set of grapes, some of which are genetically related while others are not. The two most important versions are Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains and Muscat of Alexandria, the former being of considerably higher quality. Both are grown throughout the world and can be made in a wide range of styles, from dry and aromatic wines to sweet and richly perfumed dessert wines. It is well known in Italy for Moscato d’Asti, a slightly sparkling semi-sweet wine that is refreshing and low in alcohol.

In the Glass

Muscat wines possess intense aromatics of peaches, rose petals, geranium, orange blossom, and lychee, often with a hint of sweet spice, and always with a uniquely grapey character that is uncommon in other wines.

Perfect Pairings

Thanks to its naturally low alcohol levels, Muscat is a perfect match for spicy Asian cuisine, especially when the wine has a little bit of residual sugar. Off-dry Muscat can work well with lighter desserts like key lime pie and lemon meringue, while fully sweet Muscat-based dessert wines are enjoyable after dinner with an assortment of cheeses.

Sommelier Secret

Muscat is one of the oldest known grape varieties, dating as far back as the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Pliny the Elder wrote in the 13th century of a sweet, perfumed grape variety so attractive to bees that he referred to it as uva apiana, or “grape of the bees.” Most likely, he was describing one of the Muscat varieties.