Pepe’s Beret Vin de Pays Shiraz is a cracker. A savoury(ish) French style for the Australian palate that likes richness of fruit. It has a spectrum of red, black, and blue fruits. Black pepper, a hint of leather, and some dried herbs. Pepe’s Beret Vin de Pays Shiraz is a wine to enjoy now, and pairs best with hard cheese and grilled or BBQ meats.
Pepe’s Beret is a label from famous Bordeaux importer Daniel Airoldi. He has created a stable of wines from Southern France that are fun, approachable, and blended with an Australian palate in mind. Although they do remain firmly French in their outlook. The label pays tribute to his Great Grandfather.
Vin de Pays
This is a step above Vin de Table. It has more restrictions in terms of yields and quality as compared to Vin De Table. It has the advantage of allowing growers to indicate where in France the wine is grown. There are some great wines labelled as Vin de Pays but they are few and far between. Mostly they are simple, easy-drinking wines for every day. The plus side is they are priced accordingly and therefore friendly on the wallet. Generally, you would not age a Vin de Pays wine.
A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on the terroir and/or winemaker influence. The Syrah-based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.