"Age and glasses of wine should never be counted."
Increasing the grape diversity
In the last couple of years there is an increasing interest in grape varietals other than the better known varieties like Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage and Merlot that demand 83% of 100093 hectares of national vineyard (figures from 2014) grown in South Africa.
Most of the varieties from abroad keenly awaited like Marsanne, origin from France with a nod to Italy and Portugal. Spanish varieties are not as popular, looking at the tiny plantings of Tempranillo. With Newton Johnson Vineyards, well known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this changed with the introduction of the white variety Albariño. We had the chance of tasting this aromatic, fresh, seafood loving wine and are waiting for the new release.
Another change is, that more grapes that are used for blending with the better known grapes are made into single variety wines. Expect more Cinsaut, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Verdelho or Tinta Barroca, which originally was grown with the intention to make Cape Port from it, on the market. South Africa in case is the only country in the world that produces single-varietal wine made from Tinta Barroca. A great example of this would be the Momento - Tinta Barroca.
Also seen, is that, grapes like Gewürztraminer that usually are used to make Late Harvest with a rich sweetness are now available as dry, but still fruity wines, like the one from Montpellier.
Visit liquor stores like Embassy and Ludwigsdorf Bottle Store or come by at Winematters (Gold Ideas), to get a taste of turn happening in South African wines.
All mentioned wines are available at Winematters / Gold Ideas
Duncan Savage introduced his own label in 2011. Savage’s goal is to produce rock-solid classic and elegant wines. Through his time at Cape Point, Duncan has grown to understand maritime vineyards a little better. This knowledge led him to source grapes for Savage from maritime and high altitude sites. Duncan is also inspired by many great older reds from South Africa and abroad that have stood the test of time with moderate alcohol and gentle extraction.
From being a regional dish from Piedmont in Italy, Ossobucco has caught the imagination worldwide. Thick slices from the veal shank with its central marrow bone are key to Ossobucco, so that the meat remains moist and becomes tender enough to fall from the bone. In case you didn't know, Ossobucco in Italian means bone with a hole. Have it with Nebbiolo from Mount Sutherland, South Africas highest wine estate.
Things We Like
Made from grapes with high sugar content, dessert wines have experienced a resurgence in popularity thanks to modern cuisine. Usually served as a digestive, dessert wines also go splendidly with certain main dishes and entrées. Dessert wines are best enjoyed in conservative proportions. Keep the glass size down to around 75ml – this should be just the right amount to enjoy all of the complex characteristics of the wine, without overwhelming your palate with sweetness.