I don’t drink a lot of wine from South Africa so I decided to give Unsung Hero 2014 Shiraz a try. It’s an under $10 buy, I think I paid $7 but I honestly don’t recall exactly. Syrah and I aren’t always the best of friends. Sometimes I love it and sometimes it’s just not aged right for my linking being very tannin driven, hot, and heavy. This one is certainly light and airy so don’t worry about tannin overpower with this one.
Unsung Hero 2014 Shiraz hails from the western cape area, grown in Hutton soil with heavy marine influence. This is 100% Shiraz and was aged in oak, 10% of it being new American oak. The wine is 13.5% ABV. I chilled the wine down to right under 65 degrees and I aerated it with my Vinturi. I used a stemless red wine glass for tasting. When opening the wine I didn’t get much perfume but a hint of dried currants. The wine is an inky violet in the glass.
Unsung Hero 2014 Shiraz has a moderately perfumed nose full of vanilla, oak, red and black currants and hints of fresh tangy raspberries. The flavor follows the nose but it’s lighter in flavor than I expected. The body is also lighter than I expected. The finish is surprisingly long for the body chock full of vanilla, oak, and both savory and baking spices. The acid is medium and the tannins are a little brambly but not too much. It gives the wine a bit of a wild feel and I like that.
Unsung Hero 2014 Shiraz is backyard kind of wine. Wood fired pizza, ribs, and rustic dishes are what I would pair it with. Smoke a brisket with some beans and greens, I’d serve this. Great, now I’m craving Carolina BBQ. Bottom line this a great wine for a daily drinking, enjoyable but not stupendous or overly fine. That being said I give it 86 points and will certainly pick it up anytime I’m going to make real barbecue.
Have you tried Unsung Hero 2014 Shiraz? If so, let us know if you liked it.