Shiraz Only Made Gravy!


Nederburg WMR Cab Sauv ShirazOkay, not the best pun granted, but today we are talking about Shiraz, Nerdburgs Winemaster’s Reserve Shiraz to be exact.  A wine that is robust and packed full of decadent plums and prunes coupled with the hint of spices and even a touch of banana, a stunning wine that not only would be a great accompaniment for Mediterranean based dishes such as kebabs, but also with a good old English roast or even a barbecue.

Luckily, Nerdburg, who are an award winning South African wine maker, ave shared their top tips with us:

  • Only ever chill white wine just before you plan on drinking it, extended storage in the fridge can affect the aroma and the taste.
  • If you want a speedy way to chill white wine, then instead of 2 hours in the fridge, pop it in some iced water, within 30 minutes you have chilled wine.
  • You should always allow a quality red wine to breathe.  If for any reason you can’t, decant it into a glass jug so that it can mix with the oxygen.  This process allows the air to release the flavours!
  • When you pour a glass of wine, you should really only ever pour a third of a glass.  This allows the flavours to develop as it it swilled around the glass!
  • If you are having cheese with your wine, try to balance it out, so if for example you are having a strong cheese, pick a strong wine to go with it.

That is not all…currently Nerdburg are working closely with Jimmy Doherty from Channel 4, (farmer & chef) and Jimmy has kindly allowed us a sneaky look at his Red Wine Gravy!

Red Wine Gravy


  • jimmy6 onions, peeled and chopped
  • 700ml Red wine
  • 560ml hot water
  • 2 beef stock cubes
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • Place the chopped onions and red wine in a large saucepan.
  • Bring to the boil and cook uncovered until reduced by 2/3, around 20 minutes.  Cooking it down in this way reduces the acidity ad intensifies the flavour.
  • Ass the hot water to the reduced wine, add the stock cubes and stir well until thoroughly dissolved.
  • Simmer, stirring for 3-4 minutes, until the gravy thickens.
  • Season to taste.

There you have it, some top tips for the wine connoisseur and a fabulous recipe to boot.  Nerdburg’s Winemaster’s Reserve Shiraz is £9.99 and is available to buy in Tesco and Morrison’s.


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Founder of Eclectic Enchantments blog, Erika has also been a beauty writer, fashion writer and Beauty & Accessories Editor for a large online magazine before starting Erisea. Erika lives with her dog, Hendrix and beautiful baby girl. She suffers with Fibromyalgia and CFS, among other illnesses which leaves her housebound much of the time. Her passion is writing.

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