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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Graham Beck Game Reserve Shiraz 2011
Graham Beck Game Reserve Shiraz 2011
(search item no. 128655)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This unique blend displays mulberry and black cherry fruit balanced by a spicy freshness. The rich, ripe Shiraz fruit is deftly complemented by the floral scents of the Viognier. A well structured wine with silky tannins and roasted spiciness, rounded off with sweet berry fruit.

This deliciously aromatic and spicy wine pairs extraordinarily well with rich venison, lamb, roast beef and stews.

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About Graham Beck:

Graham Beck wines is now entering its third generation as a family winery. It was established in 1983 when entrepreneur Graham Beck purchased Madeba farm outside the Western Cape town of Robertson with a fervent ambition to establish a world-class winery in this region. The success of the Robertson winery has been extended to the second Graham Beck cellar in Franschoek, one of the oldest winemaking regions in South Africa.

The vineyards are located on four diverse farms in the Western Cape province, enabling the Robertson and Franschoek Cellars to have access to grape varietals grown in the climactic conditions and soils to which they are best suited. Marco Ventrella, Graham Beck's viticulturist, oversees the 4 farms. However, each farm is individually tended by its respective vineyard manager.

An extensive renewal program has resukted in premier red and white varietals on all of the farms. Great care has been taken to match the obliging micro-climates and rich variety of soils with the most suitable varietal. This ensures that the winemakers have access to optimum quality fruit from which to make their specific wines.