Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz Review (2021)

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What Kind of Wine Is Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz?

This is a light-hearted Shiraz with plenty of flavors. It is full of juicy fruit flavors and layers of dark chocolate. Although it says “sweet” on the label, it just sweet enough to be delicious, but not sickly sweet. It is, in fact, perfect! Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz wine is a multipurpose red wine that will be received with pleasure by wine lovers on any occasion.


Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz Review

  • Winery — Indaba
  • Country/Region — Paarl, South Africa
  • Type — South African Shiraz
  • Aroma — Cherry, Cassis, Pepper, Herbs
  • Grapes — Syrah/Shiraz
  • Taste — Blackberry, Plum, Cherries, Dark Chocolate
  • Alcohol Content — 12.5%
  • Sugar — Dry
  • Pairing — Grilled Meats And Stews, Cheese, Desserts

My review is only a little slanted by the fact that I grew up in the Western Cape! I have personal knowledge about the terroir and the grapes that are produced there, so I can wholeheartedly recommend this refreshing and approachable Shiraz. While it is called “sweet”, that is just to allude to the ripe flavors of mixed berries and chocolate undertones.

It is not sickly sweet and does not resemble jam in texture at all. The Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz calories are actually very low! This Shiraz has the essential elements of fun, fruit, and fellowship bottled with the wine, and is a good representation of the warmth and culture of this beautiful land.

Overall Rating: 4.3

Positives
  • Approachable
  • Rich Berry Flavors
  • Not Overly Sweet
  • Easy Food Pairing
Negatives
  • Too Sweet For Some Palates

Tasting Notes

Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz is full of fun. It is hearty and fruity, with a perfect level of sweetness. The ripe berry flavors are the predominant ones, followed by delicious dark chocolate undertones. It is a perfectly balanced Shiraz with enough acidity to cut through the sweetness and leave you with a satisfied palate. Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz reviews confirm that this wine is ideal for sophisticated palates as well as those who are just venturing into red wine territory. It is not an overly sweet Shiraz according to these reviews.

Appearance

Many wine lovers are first attracted to the stylish label and excellent price. That is until they open the bottle of Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz and see the burgundy velvet wine flowing into the glass. It is luminous and allows sparks of ruby to catch your eye. And then the aromas rise, and you want to lift the glass to taste the sweet richness.

Aroma

The nose is full of fragrance. Upfront you will notice rich cherry, strawberry, and cassis. Then, the herby elements emerge and hints of fennel, pepper, and spice become evident. I am sure you will agree that this is an alluring invitation to your taste buds and one that they will not be able to resist.

Taste

Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz can only be described as sensual as it embraces your tongue. The texture is thick and sweet, with jamminess that is created by the berry tones. The clever winemaker’s skills have ensured that there is a pleasant acidity to balance the richness. This honey-like texture has a vague spiciness and all the flavors have the luxurious wave of dark chocolate weaving through. This is a superb example of a Shiraz – with a medium body and a perfect balance of spicy and sweet.

Finish

The lengthy finish is sweet and fulfilling. It is not excessively tannic so it will not dry your mouth out. Instead, each sip leaves a pleasant dark chocolate coating at the back of your throat which is a very pleasant sensation. This makes Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz perfect when paired with food.

Rating

This is, without a doubt, a very special Shiraz! I absolutely love its sweet perfection. It is an honest red wine and delivers what it says on the label, and then a little bit more. There is a simplicity, but also layers of all the flavors and texture that you would want from a hearty Shiraz. I rate the Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz one of my favorite reds and would not want to find myself without a bottle on a cold winter’s evening.

Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz Food Pairing

You need have no fear when pairing this wine with food. It would work with just about any flavors and cuisines that you could name. From pizza to steaks and lamb on the grill, and wickedly rich desserts will be enhanced by taking a sip of Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz between mouthfuls. Cheese platters will be elevated by the flavors of this wine and of course, a quiet sip on its own or as an accompaniment to your cooking will bring just as much pleasure to your palate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Makes Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz?

Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz is made from grapes grown near the beautiful town of Paarl (meaning Pearl) in the Western Cape, South Africa. French Huguenots brought vines to this part of the world in the 1700s because they noticed that the terroir was similar to that of the Rhone valley. In these beautiful Winelands, world-renowned winemaker, Bruwer Raats, has brought his winemaking expertise to the creation of Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz. He has helped Jam Jar winery to produce a unique wine – a high-quality sweet red wine.

How Is Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz Made?

When the grapes are ripe and the juices sweet and concentrated, the Shiraz grapes are hand-picked and de-stemmed. First, they undergo cold maceration for about two days, and then they are placed in stainless steel tanks for natural fermentation to begin. That means that there are no additional ingredients added, and the natural yeasts are left to begin the fermentation process. Finally, the wine is aged on the lees in oak barrels for two months.

Where Is Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz Made?

When the Dutch and French settlers set foot in Cape Town in the 17th Century they knew instantly that it was going to be a good wine-making country. The Cape Province is in the southernmost part of South Africa. It has almost a perfect replica of the Mediterranean climate with long, hot summers and cold, wet winters. The fierce winds from the Atlantic blow cool air into the wine lands, and between the mountain ranges, many wine farms are producing a wide range of popular red and white wines. Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz is one of many winemakers in this picturesque, bountiful terroir. The town of Paarl is renowned for producing some of the oldest and most delicious South African wines, and it is in these vineyards that Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz sources its grapes.

How to Serve Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz?

This delicious Shiraz is best served slightly chilled before serving. The ideal temperature for sweet red wine is 55 degrees (about 12 degrees Celsius). This beautiful deep red wine will look stunning if decanted and then served in red wine glasses. These glasses should have sloping sides to allow the aromas to be funneled up towards the nose. The wine should be swirled in the bulbous base of the glass, so that you can see the clinging, jammy legs.

How Much Does Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz Cost?

With Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz price coming in between $7.99-$9.99 per bottle, this wine is so affordable! At that price, it is worth buying a couple of cases so that you do not have to fear running out of your favorite tipple. You will then be able to share some around, and you are sure to find that your friends will want to know where you bought this delicious wine.

How Long Does Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz Last?

An opened bottle of Shiraz will last for up to four days if kept in a cool, dark place. It can also be stored in the fridge, although it must be well sealed to retain its freshness and flavors. For long time storage, a Shiraz can be kept lying down in a cellar for up to ten years. Make sure that you check the corks for leakage periodically.

How Many Calories Does Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz Have?

The good news is that Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz has low-calorie density. In 5 oz. of this wine you will consume 130 calories, and 8g of carbs.

Conclusion

My review is only a little slanted by the fact that I grew up in the Western Cape! I have personal knowledge about the terroir and the grapes that are produced there, so I can wholeheartedly recommend this refreshing and approachable Shiraz. While it is called “sweet”, that is just to allude to the ripe flavors of mixed berries and chocolate undertones. It is not sickly sweet and does not resemble jam in texture at all. The Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz calories are actually very low! This Shiraz has the essential elements of fun, fruit, and fellowship bottled with the wine, and is a good representation of the warmth and culture of this beautiful land.

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