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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

It's one of my favourite grape varieties. Back in the mid-1990s I fell in love with wine, and the first variety that really grabbed me was Shiraz, although as a true geek I had catholic tastes and was willing to try just about anything. And like many Brits at the time, it was Australian wine that caught my eye. Aussie Shiraz had self-confidence. It had seductive sweet fruit, some spice, a rich texture – and it delivered pleasure. This is one face of Shiraz as a variety. It's sweetly fruited and bold, with some grunt, but also showing a softer, more approachable face.

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Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut NV: Well, if I had to sum this wine up in one word it would be WOW! As a huge fan of fizz my expectations were high and if I am honest, I was expecting to be disappointed. How wrong could I be - this wine is one of the BEST I have tasted and at a fraction of the price. A MAJOR thumbs up from me!

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