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The Chocolatier Shiraz 2011

Shiraz is best known as Australia’s flagship grape, but, not surprisingly, it also thrives in South Africa, which is similarly blessed with plentiful sunshine. Jancis Robinson MW notes, “Shiraz is by far the most fashionable vine variety in South Africa today.” This tasty red is named for Von Dant, a chocolatier famous not only for his love of wine and decadent chocolate creations but also for his great and meticulously groomed moustache. In his own words, “given enough wine and chocolate I could rule the world”. Perfectly ripe, juicy, concentrated Shiraz grapes were hand selected from some of South Africa’s premium wine regions to produce the perfect accompaniment to apricot lamb, chicken curry or, of course, chocolate fondant!