Namibia has a population of 2.2 million, a number which indicates the harsh agricultural conditions - few people are up for the challenge. There are vast stretches of inhabitable, arid land with little or no water. Leaving Windhoek, this absolute desolation is an almost immediate occurrence.
Neuras Winery is located within the Namib desert where there is little rain, only raining from February to April, but best wines are produced at the wine farm, with succulent shiraz, one of the best in Namibia. In the local Koikoi language, Neuras means the “place of abandoned water”. Palm-fringed springs, close to Neuras farm house irrigate the small and unique vineyard of Shiraz and Merlot grapes, from which the NEURAS NAMIB RED wine is made. The Namib Red (a Merlot and Shiraz blend) is a refreshingly low 12.8% (a result of blocks ripening in stages) alcohol content wine.
According to Jeanri-Tine van Zyl, “Remarkably poised, the [Neuras] Shiraz 2008 is stylistically more cool-climate in character, with appealing aromas of black cherries and sweet pepper, silky tannins and fantastic follow-through.”
Michael Olivier, a Cape Town-based wine writer and consultant, described the 2004 Namib Red as “absolutely stunning, amazing wine”, with “nice dark berries,” slight acidity, plums, and just a little bit of that peppery Italian leather”.