A Touch of Spice: Seductive Syrah and the Bold 2017 Black Rock from South Africa

As the autumn nights draw in and winter looms ever closer, what better time to spotlight what we at Woodward Wines think is the finest Black Rock to date, made from a seductive and unique blend of Cinsault, Carignan and Syrah grapes.

The New World calls them Shiraz, but in old money it's known as the Syrah grape, and it is the characteristic variety of the Rhône Valley - home of course to the world-famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Syrah grapes make a beautiful, silky smooth round, velvety red wine, deep ruby in colour with a spicy finish! They're great with all kinds of food, a good book and sometimes even a movie or good conversation among friends.

This particular wine, the 2017 Black Rock, is a beauty, and was hand-harvested and hand-sorted in the cellar to ensure only the finest quality berries were used.

All three varietals were co-fermented, allowing for a much more harmonious and seamless blend, before spending 18 months in barrels ranging from the second to the sixth fill.

We're delighted to say the 2017 Black Rock was also selected Gold Medal by Frogitt & Vonkel, one of South Africa's leading wine merchants.

Woodward Wines' range is available exclusively online, with private wine merchants on hand to offer advice about your selection. Wines are sold directly either by the six-bottle box, or the case, and all our wines are priced by unit sales of 12, and start at £13.99.

Delivery and returns information can be found here, and for all other queries, telephone 01375 470554, contact us here, or e-mail david.woodward3@btconnect.com

Chin chin!